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New claims surface in 13-year-old's death

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Defense Attorney Mike Scholl says the teen died because of his own reckless actions. Defense Attorney Mike Scholl says the teen died because of his own reckless actions.
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(WMC-TV) – A 15-year-old is charged with the shooting dead of a 13-year-old, but there is a new twist in the case. A defense attorney says the teen died because of his own reckless actions.

On February 25, Cartrail Robertson, 13, was shot dead in the 600 block of Hillcrest Street. His 15-year-old friend was charged with reckless homicide and taken to juvenile hall.

Defense Attorney Mike Scholl, who represents the 15-year-old, told Action News 5, "You've got two kids, one 15, one 13 and there's a weapon involved and one kid is now dead."

Scholl went on to say, "This was a very tragic accident. That's always been our position that it was a very tragic accident. And he's highly upset that this has happened."

In a juvenile court hearing Wednesday, Scholl told the judge that Cartrail showed up at his client's house just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, bringing the gun with him.

Scholl says his client told Cartrail to unload the gun and when he later tried to take it out of his hands, it went off.

"A tragic thing for both families," said Scholl.

He says his client's mom was at work at the time and that the teen was home under the supervision of his 17-year-old brother.

"One, the gun was not his. This was not a(n) incident of reckless behavior but indeed a tragic accident," Scholl said. "There was no criminal behavior on behalf of my client in any way whatsoever."

A juvenile court judge will determine whether or not the teen should be considered delinquent on March 19 at 9:30 a.m.

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