According to court documents, a Baltimore boy is accused of killing his 8-year-old brother with a firearm he acquired by bartering a puppy.
In connection with the death of Dylan King on December 30, Devin Wilson, 18, was taken into custody on Tuesday, January 17, pursuant to an arrest warrant. He was charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault, and weapons offenses.
According to the criminal documents reported by Fox 5 Baltimore, Wilson was caring for his four younger brothers, who ranged in age from 2 to 8, when he contacted his mother and asked her to come home because Dylan had been shot.
Wilson allegedly claimed Dylan had inadvertently shot himself in the head when Wilson’s stepfather returned home.
When police arrived to the family’s residence in the 2100 block of Presbury Street, they discovered a neighbor giving the 8-year-old kid, who was subsequently declared dead, CPR.
According to the documents made public on Wednesday, Jan. 18, when an officer arrived on the site, he heard sobbing coming from an upstairs bedroom and found Wilson inside, dressed in blood and holding a shotgun to his own forehead.
Wilson was taken into custody and then transferred to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after the officer was able to persuade the kid to put down the firearm.
Dylan’s death was judged a homicide caused by a single shotgun wound by the medical examiner’s office.
The charge papers state that Wilson’s stepfather admitted to police that he had recently developed an interest in firearms and had been given a trip to a shooting range for his birthday.
According to WBAL-TV, the stepfather reportedly claimed that Wilson had bought the firearm used in his brother’s murder by bartering a puppy for it.
Authorities noted that since Wilson was 18 and had no prior criminal records when he purchased the Silver Eagle pump action shotgun, the transaction was not unlawful.
Wilson was imprisoned without being granted bail. On February 15, he must appear in court for a preliminary hearing.