Murder Charge To Be Dropped In Shooting Of Toddler

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

New York (AP) A murder charge will be dismissed against a Bronx man who had been accused in the stray-bullet shooting of a two-year-old boy.

Toddler David Pacheco Junior was sitting in his family's minivan on Easter Sunday 2006 when the bullet pierced the vehicle and struck him in the chest.

Shooting suspect Nicholas Morris surrendered the next day after visiting a cable television news station and declaring on camera that he was innocent. He was charged with murder and was jailed. but prosecutors now say the gun he had near the shooting scene was not the murder weapon.

The 28-year-old morris pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of criminal possession of a weapon. He'll be sentenced in July to time served.

Investigators say they're still looking for the toddler's killer.

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