HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) — A 17-year-old from Hartford charged with murdering a 15-year-old boy from the city will be tried as an adult. Tywone Edwards, Jr. was arraigned Monday in Hartford Superior Court on charges of murder, evidence tampering and carrying a pistol without a permit.

He’s charged with the March 17 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Keon Huff Jr., who was found in the hallway of a residential building in the city’s North End suffering a gunshot wound to the head. Huff was pronounced dead at the scene.

Defense attorney Deron Freeman, who represented Edwards for bond purposes only, says it appears the shooting was an accident, and that the two teens were friends. Freeman says the two were apparently playing with the gun, before it went off. He expects the murder charge to be downgraded to manslaughter once more details revealed, Freeman told WTIC News.

According to a police arrest warrant, Edwards told police that after he shot the younger teen in the head, he left the boy on the floor of a hallway in an apartment building on Garden Street.

Edwards and several other people who were in the hallway ran with the gun, and hid the firearm behind a house on Enfield Street.

Edwards said one of the other people in the hallway picked up the shell casings in the hallway, but police say Edwards allegedly pointed the gun at the others, and ordered them to pick up the shell casings.

In a confession to police, Edwards said he was playing with the gun, and shot the other teenager by accident.

Edwards said he was pointing the gun at the other people in the hallway.  He said he he thought there was a safety, so he started pulling the trigger.

Edwards was arrested Friday night.

Huff was the city’s eighth homicide victim of the year.


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