HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A judge in Hagerstown says statements that a teenager made to police about the accidental shooting of his 2-year-old brother cannot be used as evidence against him.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley ruled Tuesday in the case Marcus Longus.

Longus, 17, is charged as an adult with leaving a firearm accessible to a minor, lying to police and obstructing their investigation into the shooting of his brother Mario at their Hagerstown home in September.

The toddler is paralyzed from the midsection down after he allegedly found the gun under a bed and shot himself in the chest.

In the videotaped statement, Marcus Longus denied being in the bedroom, as police contend, but admitted he handled the weapon.

Prosecutors say they still have enough evidence to go to trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. ARNOLD says:


  2. sillyman says:

    again what kind of justice for the little boy

  3. Maxi says:

    not only is this a sad situation my heart breaks for the family especially the toddler. I hope the brother get some peace and forgive himself for hurting his brother.

  4. Baltimorebob says:

    Every one jumo to what they thk happwn put yourself in his sgoes young and very scated accidents do happen beleave it or not the stament must not hold up to much trurh if the judge threw it out I feal sorry four both the boy will most likely go crazy from the guilt he feals I truly pray that all will go well four the famaily

    1. Michael says:

      You sir need to proof read your typing.

      1. antoinette shorter says:

        and so do you sir as proofread is one word not two. Judge not lest ye be judged.

      2. Mike says:

        He did not misspell it, he just broke the word into 2 lol.

    2. Dena says:

      Put myself in his shoes? I was in his shoes in the sense of being 17 and not once did I even consider possessing and handling a firearm! I hope he does go crazy from the guilt as he IS responsible for possessing the gun that paralyzed his younger brother. What ever happened to 17 year olds just hanging out with girls and playing sports and whatnot? Now they’re getting guns and either shooting people or causing people harm accidentally.

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