The Richmond County grand jury has indicted a Goshen teen for the shooting death of a friend at a going-away party.
The grand jury charged Dylan Edward McDonald, 16, of 4003 Rio Pinar Drive, with felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to the indictment.
McDonald is accused of fatally shooting Justin “Will" Bullard, 18, of Boulineau Road in Blythe, at McDonald’s going-away party in his Goshen home on March 18. McDonald was preparing to move to Florida where his stepfather had found a job.
At a hearing in April in which bond was denied for McDonald, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said Bullard brought a firearm to the party on Rio Pinar Drive and was showing it to people.
Later, for unknown reasons, McDonald and Bullard went into a bedroom alone and locked the door. Bullard then retrieved a shotgun belonging to McDonald’s mother. After McDonald snatched it away, he pulled the trigger and shot Bullard in the chin.
Investigators discovered a 9 mm handgun under his body.
Originally, McDonald told investigators he shot Bullard during a confrontation because Bullard had barged in on the party.
McDonald’s mother, 39-year-old Lori Lee Disher, was arrested following the incident and charged with making false statements in a government matter and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Authorities said she lied to investigators and persuaded her son to do the same, She also claimed to be at home during the party, which investigators determined to be false.