Manslaughter charge in death of 17-year-old

Ta'Carhri Richardson. (Undated courtesy photo)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A teen who faces a manslaughter charge told police he didn’t mean to shoot and kill a Wyoming 17-year-old this weekend, court records show.

Ta’Carhri Richardson, 17, died early Sunday morning at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

Marquis Kilgore, also 17, was expected to be formally charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm, according to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.

Marquis Kilgore's Aug. 3, 2014 booking photo from the Kent County jail.
(Marquis Kilgore’s Aug. 3, 2014 booking photo from the Kent County jail.)

Kilgore told investigators the shooting was an accident, court documents say.

According to an investigator’s sworn statement, Kilgore said he was handling a gun in the back seat of a car that Richardson was driving when the gun went off. The bullet tore through the seat and into Richardson’s back.

Richardson was dropped off at a hospital and pronounced dead a few hours later.

Additionally, people told investigators they saw Kilgore with a gun weeks before the shooting.

If convicted of manslaughter, Kilgore could spend 15 years in prison.

Richardson would have been a senior at Godwin Heights High School this autumn. At a Sunday vigil, friends described him as a good guy who loved to play basketball for the Godwin Heights team.

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