Man on trial for negligence in fatal shooting of brother

September 22, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A 45-year-old Hancock man showed a disregard for human life when he accidentally shot and killed his 50-year-old brother while playing with a handgun last January at a house in Deale, an Anne Arundel Circuit Court jury was told yesterday.

George S. Lockwood of the 14000 block of Tollgate Road is charged with involuntary manslaughter and handgun violations in the Jan. 22 shooting of Eugene Lockwood.

Prosecutors said the younger Mr. Lockwood knew the .44-caliber Magnum he got from a bedroom in his girlfriend's house in the 5900 block of Second St. was loaded when he playfully put it to his brother's head as the three were sitting around table talking amiably.

State's Attorney Nancy Harford said the gun discharged accidentally as Mr. Lockwood lowered it away from his brother.

The bullet pierced the victim's side and caused internal injuries that led to his death eight days later at Prince George's County Hospital Center, Ms. Harford said.

She said that there is no disputing the shooting was accidental, but told the jurors they only need to decide that the defendant was grossly negligent and "acted with a wanton and willful disregard for his brother's life."

The case is being heard before Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr.

In her opening statement yesterday, assistant public defender Carroll McCabe portrayed the brothers as "best friends and confidants," who collected guns.

"They went hunting and target shooting together, they saw each other almost daily. They were practically inseparable," she said.

She told the jury that Mr. Lockwood was "hysterical" after the shooting and was in tears as he cradled his brother on the floor and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation while awaiting paramedics.

After police arrived, Mr. Lockwood was arrested and "put in a jail cell for seven or eight hours, not knowing whether his brother was dead or alive," she said.

The case is expected to go to the jury today.

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