The charges against a 16-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend have been dropped, KCTV 5 reports.
The unnamed teen shot 17-year-old Charmaine Jamison in the face and killed her. The shooting was called accidental. But Jamison's death was still counted as a homicide, and the boy was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
A couple of weeks ago, Jamison's family didn't want to press charges. The family even held a joint press conference with the shooter's parents, asking prosecutors to drop charges against the boyfriend.
That's not the case anymore, KCTV 5 reports.
Update (11:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 29): The Jackson County Family Court just released a statement saying: "The evidence submitted did not provide sufficient proof of Charmaine Jamison's death due to criminal negligence. The juvenile was released from the juvenile detention facility yesterday."
At the time of the incident, Jamison's parents did not wish to have charges filed against the boyfriend, but on Monday they told KCTV5's Shaun Broyls that they have had a change of heart. Jamison's mother spoke to Broyl's shortly after the charges were dropped on Monday and she said she is stunned.
"I just know that my daughter's gone (and) he's free," Sheron Jamison said. "He knows what happened. Charmaine knows what happened and she's gone. And God knows what happened. I'm going to leave it in God's hands.
16th Judicial Circuit Family Court Drops Charges Against Juvenile in Death of Charmaine Jamison
After reviewing supplemental law enforcement records received from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department in the September 12, 2009, death of Charmaine Jamison, the Jackson County Juvenile Officer has dismissed the Involuntary Manslaughter charge filed against a sixteen year old juvenile. The evidence submitted did not provide sufficient proof of Charmaine Jamison's death due to criminal negligence. The juvenile was released from the juvenile detention facility yesterday.
The Juvenile Officers are currently evaluating whether any state or municipal weapons laws were violated by the young man related to this offense; however, no decision has made, and no decision is expected in the near future. While the events which occurred on September 12 did not result in the continued prosecution of potential criminal charges, that decision does not diminish the pain suffered by Charmaine's family.
The Family Court joins with the law enforcement community to discourage young people from possessing and carrying guns. As a result of the juvenile's decision to carry a gun, two families are forever changed.