WA teen’s charge upgraded in shooting of father



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County prosecutor has upgraded the charge against a 13-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his father from second-degree murder to first-degree murder. Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Graham told a juvenile court commissioner Monday that evidence shows the boy was no more than two feet away when the sleeping man was shot in the back of the head. Graham says a forensic pathologist said the shooter had to have been leaning over the bed when 39-year-old Jimmie Asher Jr. was shot Oct. 23.

The sheriff’s office has said there was “discord” between the man and his son.

The boy has said the shooting was an accident and contends he was 10 to 12 feet away when the rifle went off.

The Olympian reports that defense lawyer James Dixon argued successfully to have bail kept at $100,000. The prosecutor wanted it increased to $500,000. Another hearing is set Nov. 28.


Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com