The mother of an 8-year-old boy shot to death is trying to convince the shooting suspect to accept a plea deal.
Charlie Oliver, 17, is accused of shooting his cousin, Solomon Zellner. The boy died in the hospital in July. At the time, police said they didn’t know whom the gun belonged to or how the shooting happened.
Channel 2’s Tom Jones went to a hearing in DeKalb County where prosecutors were prepared to reach a plea deal, but Oliver rejected it. He has said the shooting was an accident.
Zellner’s mother is urging Oliver to accept the deal. She took him in after reported behavioral problems. Sources told Jones prosecutors offered a 15-year sentence in lieu of a possible life sentence after a conviction. Oliver's charges include felony murder and aggravated assault.
If Oliver still refuses the deal, a trial could start in two weeks.