A Cincinnati man charged in the accidental shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter was denied a temporary release to attend his daughter’s funeral after a judge cited security concerns, CNN reports.
Judge Nadine Allen denied a motion filed by a lawyer for Deandre Kelley, 34, because she was concerned that people might want to hurt Kelly or that his presence at the funeral could lead to a dispute, after Kelly was charged with the shooting death of his daughter, Achauntiara Lanza, during an argument with the victim’s mother, according to CNN.
“This motion was requested because it was requested by Mr. Kelley’s family, especially the deceased young lady’s mother,” Kelley’s lawyer, Hugh McCloskey Jr., said. “This is a family unit, whether we like it or not. They’re suffering right now. In order to start healing, it’s something they need to go through together.”
Kelley has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $500,000 bond. Lanza’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Prosecutors said the dispute began hours before the shooting. Achauntiara was having a slumber party at her mother’s house when Kelley arrived. The victim’s mother and Kelly argued because he brought a gun into the house, which was filled with Achauntiara’s friends. Kelley then left the house and went drinking, CNN reports.
Kelly returned about 3:00 a.m., intoxicated, prosecutors said in a statement, and children who were watching TV on the first floor let him in. The mother was upstairs sleeping. Kelley entered the house and fired a shot out of the front door. The girl’s mother came down and ordered him to leave. Before he left he fired two more shots, one striking his daughter, who was hiding in an upstairs bedroom.
The girl was struck in the upper torso and was later pronounced dead at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, CNN reports.
Kelley turned himself in the next day and was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, endangering children and having a weapon under disability—a charge stemming from a prior conviction for cocaine possession.