Police won't file charges in child's accidental shooting death

Funeral arrangements have also been made for Zachary Jace Duke.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 11:58 AM
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018 4:58 PM

Moulton police said, they do not plan to file any charges against the family of a boy who accidentally shot and killed himself Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said, they are still working to gather information about the death of Zachary Jace Duke, 4, but they don't currently plan to file any charges.

McWhorter tells us the forensic's lab ruled Duke's death accidental, and said he died of a gun shot wound to the torso. 

Duke died at Lawrence Medical Center Wednesday after shooting himself with a 9mm pistol at his home on County Road 181 in Moulton.

McWhorter said, once thier investigation is complete he will consult with the Lawrence County District Attorney's Office about the case. They could present it to a grand jury or not purse any charges. 

Officials told WAAY 31, the gun was colorful, and he may have mistaken it for a toy.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at Moulton Church of God. Duke's funeral will take place Friday at 2 p.m., also at the church. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with burial expenses.

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