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Owner of gun charged in fatal shooting of Virginia girl

(AP) The owner of the gun that authorities say a 14-year-old boy allegedly used to kill a 13-year-old girl has been charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Richard M. Pierce appeared in the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Sept. 30.

Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor announced the new charge in a news release Oct. 1. Taylor didn’t detail Pierce’s connection to the boy, who has also gone unidentified. But she had previously said someone in the boy’s household had a handgun to which the boy got access.

Pierce will next appear in court Nov. 1.

Last month, Taylor announced that she would be seeking to have the youth tried as an adult. A hearing is set for Nov. 22.

The boy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Lucia Bremer. If tried in juvenile court, he could only be held until the age of 21. If tried as an adult, he could receive up to life in prison.

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