03-04-2009, 08:12 AM #1
SC - Gayloyd Roberts, 10, shot to death, 13yo brother charged, 2 March 2009
SC teen charged with shooting 10-year-old brother to death
A 13-year-old South Carolina boy was charged today with shooting his 10-year-old brother to death after they argued over who got to sit in bed to watch a movie on a snow day, authorities said.
The boys' father, 44-year-old Gary Roberts, was charged with unlawful neglect because he left a loaded rifle leaning against the wall of a bedroom while running errands, Kershaw County Sheriff's Capt. David Thomley said.
"It wasn't in a closet, it didn't have a gun lock on it," Thomley said. "It was just sitting there, loaded."
Gayloyd Roberts, 10, was shot Monday afternoon in the neighborhood of small houses and mobile homes off U.S. 1 in the tiny town of Cassatt, about 35 miles northeast of Columbia.
Gary Roberts and his wife left their four children at home while they went to the county dump and Wal-Mart, Thomley said. School had been canceled due to the threat of winter weather.
Gayloyd and his 13-year-old brother argued over the seating arrangement for watching the movie, but their 15-year-old sister thought she'd broken up the fight and left the room.
The older brother, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, grabbed the .22-caliber rifle and fired once, hitting Gayloyd in the face, Thomley said. He died a short time later at a Columbia hospital.
The 13-year-old has been charged with murder, but Thomley said investigators will let prosecutors decide whether to ask a judge to charge him as an adult. He is in a juvenile jail in Columbia awaiting a hearing.
Gary Roberts remains at the Kershaw County jail awaiting a bond hearing. Officials didn't know if the father or son had an attorney and a message left at a listing for the home Tuesday afternoon was not returned.
03-04-2009, 09:07 AM #2
Words are failing me right now. On one hand I feel really bad for the family, you never think your kid will do something like that. On the other hand, what kind of idiot leaves a loaded gun in the house with 4 children? RIP Gayloyd.Happy New Years
03-04-2009, 12:29 PM #3
*sigh* If you are going to have a loaded gun in your house, where children live, it needs to be locked up. PERIOD.....END OF DISCUSSON!!!!
IMO, people who don't take this precaution, should be charged!!
BTW, I live in SC.
God Bless this family!Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.
10-17-2015, 04:52 PM #4
From May 2009:
A 13-year-old South Carolina boy charged in the shooting death of his 10-year-old brother in their Kershaw County home has... pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter...
Prosecutors said last month that the teen wouldn't be tried as an adult.
The father of a South Carolina boy who shot and killed his 10-year-old brother has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on a federal weapons charge.
U.S. Attorney Walt Wilkins says 45-year-old Gary Travis Roberts of Cassatt was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier this year to being a felon in possession of a weapon.
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