Gun owner charged in Taylor boy’s death

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – An unsecured handgun allegedly used in the shooting death of a 3-year-old Taylor child resulted in charges filed against the weapon’s owner.

Curry Bryson, 41, was arraigned Monday in Detroit’s 36th District Court on felony manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and two weapons-related charges including allegedly altering the handgun’s identifying markings.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said Bryson’s weapon had not been properly secured and was accessible by his 11-year-old son, who was charged earlier this month in connection with the death of Elijah Walker.

“It is alleged that Bryson owned and stored in a grossly negligent manner the firearm that his son used to shoot and kill Elijah Walker,” Miller said.

Walker and his mother were visiting Bryson’s Detroit house in the 16000 block of Eastwood Street. Atbout 1:40 p.m. Aug. 3, police and prosecutors said the 11-year-old took the handgun from a bedroom closet and tossed it out a window into the back yard. The juvenile took the weapon into a parked vehicle and was soon joined by the child.

Walker was shot once in the face when the weapon discharged. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 11-year-old was charged as a juvenile Aug. 5 with manslaughter and felony firearm charges. A pre-trial hearing is pending in the court’s family and juvenile division.

Bryson was arraigned before 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles. A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Aug. 31. Bryson was released on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

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