DETROIT (AP) – Preliminary examinations have been postponed for two adults charged in the death of a 4-year-old Detroit boy who was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old cousin.
Hearings had been scheduled for Friday for 66-year-old Robert Richardson and 53-year-old Patricia Johnson. They were arrested shortly after the Jan. 16 shooting.
Those hearings were adjourned and now are scheduled for Feb. 14.
A hearing for 55-year-old Harvey Witcher is scheduled for next week.
All three are charged with involuntary manslaughter and weapons offenses. Richardson and Johnson also are charged with child abuse.
Police say a 4-year-old girl was playing with Jamel Witcher Jr. and his 5-year-old sister when the younger girl found a rifle and shot Jamel in the chest.
All three adults live at the home, which belongs to the children’s grandfather.
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