Man Pleads Not Guilty in Child’s Accidental Shooting Death

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    Todd Francis during his arraignment Tuesday

    The man whose gun killed a local fourth grader appeared in court Tuesday.

    Todd Francis pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and criminal storage of a firearm.

    Man Pleads Not Guilty in Child's Shooting Death

    [DGO] Man Pleads Not Guilty in Child's Shooting Death
    The gun owner charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy appeared in court Tuesday. NBC 7's Lea Sutton reports. (Published Tuesday, June 25, 2013)

    On June 4, 10-year-old Eric Klyaz died while playing with a gun in Francis’ garage in Miramar Ranch North. Klyaz died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Francis’ 9-year-old daughter was also there, but wasn’t hurt, according to officials.

    Francis turned himself into police after charges were filed. In a previous statement, Francis said the gun wasn’t loaded and was hidden in a separate place from the ammunition. However, police said their investigation found the gun was loaded and easily accessible to children.

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    A 10-year-old boy has died after being shot while playing with a gun, according to San Diego police investigators. NBC 7's Dave Summers spoke with residents who said it was common for the kids to bounce from one garage to the next. (Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013)

    A readiness hearing is set for August 19, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 23. Francis faces up to seven years and eight months in prison if convicted.

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