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16-year-old boy charged as adult in murder of uncle at Beech Grove apartment

Police from Indianapolis and Beech Grove responded to a deadly shooting in Beech Grove Sunday morning. (WISH Photo)

BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WISH) — A 16-year-old Beech Grove boy has been charged as an adult in the shooting death of his 28-year-old uncle, prosecutors say.

According to court documents released to News 8 Friday, Sylvester Ford, 16, was charged in Marion County court with one count of murder. Ford is accused of shooting his uncle to death at a Beech Grove apartment complex on February 16.

Police officers were called to the 100 block of Diplomat Court around 10:20 a.m. Sunday on reports of a person shot. When officers arrived they found Devon Ford, 28, dead from gunshot wounds.

Devon’s nephew, Sylvester Ford, who also lived with Devon at the apartment complex, reportedly told a neighbor to call police to tell them his uncle had been shot. Officers made contact with Sylvester near the scene and began to question him and other members of Devon’s family.

According to family members, Sylvester told them he saw five guys who were wearing masks storm up to the apartment before he heard several shots. Sylvester also told other family members he saw three men walk into the apartment before he heard shots, according to court documents.

After detectives conducted multiple interviews with Sylvester he confessed to accidentally shooting his uncle. He told police he picked up his uncle’s gun because he “wanted to see what it was like to hold a gun.” Court documents show Sylvester said he accidentally shot his uncle three times and after the first shot his uncle began to “scream in pain.” Sylvester said he “just kept going because” he “didn’t know how to stop.”

A jury trial for Sylvester Ford has been scheduled for March 23.

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