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Teen expected in court today in connection to fatal shooting of 13-year-old

Posted at 7:19 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 10:22:45-05

A 13-year-old boy is expected in court today, facing charges in the fatal shooting death of 13-year-old Emarjae Watkins.

The teen in court for his pretrial hearing. 

It is alleged that the teen's grandmother kept a handgun on the floor of her bedroom. She was reportedly aware that her grandsons knew that the gun and ammunition was located under a dresser.

Police say the 13-year-old grandson was home alone with several other teens last week at a home on Tireman Street in Detroit when he went into his grandmother's bedroom. He found and loaded the gun and started playing with it, police say. The gun went off and his friend, Watkins, was fatally shot in the back.

The grandmother was at work at the time.

The grandson is being charged as a juvenile with Manslaughter, Death by Weapon Aimed with Intent but without Malice, Felony Firearm and Careless Discharge causing death.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged the grandmother, 58-year-old Lise Cox, in the case too. 

Cox is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the teen's death, Child Abuse Second Degree and Felony Firearm

Emarjae Watkins was in the eighth grade at Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy, loved playing chess and electronics.