Teen Girl to Be Tried as Adult After Shooting Friend

Teen Girl To Be Tried As Adult After Shooting Friend

17-year-old Renee Addison will be 18 years-old in two months.

Today a judge says because of her age she knew the risks in pointing a gun and pulling the trigger and she will be tried on a reckless homicide charge as an adult.

Witnesses testified everyone inside the East Memphis home was high the day 17-year-old Sarah Gailbraith was shot and killed by her friend, 17-year-old Renee Addison.

There was LSD and marijuana being smoked in the house. Detectives testified Addison told them the two were in a relationship and had dated off and on for five years.

Addison said she did not mean to kill Gailbraith.

In a statement that was read in court Addison told detectives she was actually trying to unload the handgun 40 caliber and thought she had done so when she took off the safety and pulled the trigger.

Addison says she never saw Gailbraith appear in front of her until Gailbraith fell to the ground after being shot.

The judge ruled against the teen who turns 18 in two months intentionally picked up a dangerous weapon and handled it in a reckless manner and therefore will have her case transferred to adult criminal court.

Her defense lawyer argued that this was nothing more than a tragic accident not a crime but the judge felt otherwise. Addison’s bond was set at $30,000.

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