Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 2, 2013

W.Va. prosecutor to seek charge in boy’s shooting

Associated Press

MORGANTOWN —  Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says he’ll seek an indictment of a Jarvisville woman who shot her 11-year-old grandson to death while firing a weapon in the dark at suspected intruders.

Shaffer said Tuesday he wants a grand jury to consider the case against 57-year-old Tina Owens when it meets in September.

Sheriff Albert Marano says Owens fired multiple shots from a .40-caliber handgun Sunday night. One pierced the wall of her son’s home about 200 yards away. The bullet hit William Owens in the chest as he lay in bed.

Other children in the home at the time were unharmed.

Shaffer says gun ownership and the responsibility that accompanies it are important public issues, and 16 citizens should consider it.

He says it’s a difficult but necessary decision.