Jurors acquit Kansas teen who said he didn't know gun was loaded

January 16, 2020 - 6:46 pm

A Kansas teen who said he didn't know a gun was loaded when he fatally shot a friend has been acquitted of second-degree murder. 

The jury delivered its verdict Wednesday in the case against the Roeland Park teen, who was 13 years old in August when he shot and killed Zavier Mendoza, 14, in a home in nearby Olathe. 
The teen, who is now 14, was with with Mendoza and two other teens when the group found a handgun while stealing from cars and played with the gun. 

The defendant said he didn't realize it was loaded.

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