Deputies Charge 15-Year-Old Friend In Lenoir County Shooting

Deputies have charged a 15-year-old Lenoir County teen with voluntary manslaughter after his friend was shot to death Wednesday afternoon.

Ricky Nava, a junior at South Lenoir High School, was killed after deputies say a friend shot him. Because of his age, the name of the 15-year-old is not being release. He has been taken to a secure juvenile holding facility in Greenville.

Deputies say preliminary findings show Nava walked over to the home of his friend, and at one point the 15 year old was handling his father's 12 gauge shotgun. Witnesses say the teen was pointing the gun at his friends, but there was no indication of an argument or disagreement. Deputies say the teen reportedly racked the shotgun, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger.

The 15 year old is scheduled to have a hearing Monday in Lenoir County District Court.

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