WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a second-degree murder charge against a boy who was 14 when he shot and killed his drunken mom at a mansion near Wichita.
Juvenile court Judge Patrick Walters said during a court hearing Tuesday that the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office filed the more severe charge in an amended complaint filed the day earlier.
The boy had initially been charged last month with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell on June 20, 2018.
His attorney contends the teen shot his mother to defend himself and his then 12-year-old brother against a drunken attack.
The autopsy found Trimmell had “acute and chronic alcoholism” and scarring of the liver. Her blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit for driving.
WICHITA— A teenage boy who shot and killed his drunken mom at their home near Wichita will make his first court appearance Tuesday, according to a report from the Sedgwick County Attorney’s office.
The now 15-year-old boy is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the June 2018 shooting death of 41-year-old Lisa Trimmell.
Her sons were the only people present at the time of the shooting, which occurred about a month after her husband filed for divorce.
An attorney argued that the boy was legally defending himself and his then 12-year-old brother at the time of the shooting.
An autopsy found Trimmell had “acute and chronic alcoholism” and scarring of the liver. The night her death she had a blood-alcohol level that was more than double the legal limit for driving.
– The AP contributed to this report