Man Pleads Not Guilty in Child’s Accidental Shooting Death

By Christina London
|  Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013  |  Updated 9:24 PM PDT
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Todd Francis during his arraignment Tuesday

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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.

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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.

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.

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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