Ga. man's accidental shooting death caused by 'reckless' gun handling, police say

Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:52 AM
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MARIETTA, Ga. — Police in Atlanta’s northwestern suburbs say the death of a 19-year-old man was caused when another man accidentally fired a handgun as both handled it in a way police described as recklessly.

Marietta police said in a statement that Daryus Johnson of Marietta was found unconscious on the floor of an apartment on Bentley Road Tuesday. He later died.

Police said Johnson and 19-year-old Elyjah Marrow had been handling the handgun when it accidentally discharged.

Marrow faces charges that include involuntary manslaughter; reckless conduct; and possession of a stolen firearm. He was being held in the Cobb County Jail. Jail records do not indicate whether he has an attorney.

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Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 06/26/14 - 07:24 am
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Gotta Watch Out For Them STOLEN Guns

Not to mention that Marrow was not even old enough to possess the gun in the first place. Stupid idiot. And probably a thief as well. His Mom is SO proud of her little man...

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/26/14 - 08:30 am
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@Marinerman1

Did you change the law or something? You only have to be 18 to possess a firearm...the guy is 19, which is completely legal, assuming he's not a felon already. He can't *purchase* a gun from a dealer until he's 21 (18 if it's a private sale), but he's perfectly legal to own it.

From OCGA § 16-11-132
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(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this part and except as otherwise provided in this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years to possess or have under such person's control a handgun. A person convicted of a first violation of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or by imprisonment for not more than 12 months, or both. A person convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by a fine of $5,000.00 or by imprisonment for a period of three years, or both."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/26/14 - 08:32 am
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Spelling

Isn't a strange coincidence that these two persons’ mothers, 19 years ago, decided to misspell each of their sons’ first names in the same manner (substituting y for i)?

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 06/26/14 - 08:48 am
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Sorry Little Lamb, but those

Sorry Little Lamb, but those are alternative spellings, not misspellings. (Katy, Katie, Kathe, Johnny, Johnnie etc etc) but yes it is a coincidence.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/26/14 - 08:54 am
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I feel like there should be

I feel like there should be classifications on manslaughter charges... Like "reckless manslaughter" vs. "negligent manslaughter" or something instead of voluntary. It's manslaughter because he didn't mean to kill the guy (presumably), but it's because he was purposely reckless and not something where inattention or an "accident" of some sort caused it.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/26/14 - 08:55 am
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@LL and MadSnapper

Technically, there's not even such a thing as a misspelled proper noun. If they want to spell Elijah as Ilyejuh, then it's still spelled right. Might look dumb to us, but it's not misspelled.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/26/14 - 09:15 am
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That IS the question isn't

That IS the question isn't it........"Y".

Watermedic
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Watermedic 06/26/14 - 10:25 am
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unlawful

bdouglas,

you do realize that unlawful means against the law, right?

People under 21 cannot even purchase ammunition for a handgun.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 06/26/14 - 12:21 pm
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@bgouglas

I stand corrected on the law. However, in this case he still broke the law since he apparently received a stolen handgun.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 06/26/14 - 12:59 pm
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@Watermedic

What are you getting at? I didn't say anything about purchasing ammo or anything that would suggest I was unaware of the meaning of "unlawful". There was a comment on him not being old enough to possess a gun, which was wrong. That's it. Besides, only manufacturers or dealers are not allowed to sell handgun ammo to someone under 21. No regulation of private purchase.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/26/14 - 09:35 pm
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Got to watch out

for a man that may not like you, handling a gun.

Of course, in my house, that would never happen.

But hey, I'm just like that.

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