Lakeisha Gadson, the mother charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly not keeping her 8-year-old son safe from a gun stored in her Roxbury house, left the courtroom today as a medical examiner showed jurors graphic pictures of the bullet wounds that killed her son.
It was the third day of testimony in the case of the death of Liquarry Jefferson, who died when he was shot by a 7-year-old cousin on June 24, 2007 in his home in Roxbury. Prosecutors say the gun belonged to Jefferson's teenage half-brother.
The cousin, now 10, testified Tuesday that Jefferson had told him there were no bullets in the gun and he shot him by accident.
Prosecutors say Gadson allowed her older son, Jayquan McConnico, who was 15 at the time, to recklessly store the unregistered gun in his bedroom. McConnico pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 2008 and was sentenced to youth detention until he turns 21.
Gadson today left the courtroom as the medical examiner showed pictures of both the entrance and exit wounds made by the bullet. On Tuesday, she had cried out and wept as a paramedic described Jefferson's last moments in the ambulance.
Prosecutors also played a tape of a police interview with McConnico in which he claimed that three hooded gunmen rushed into the house and shot Jefferson. Investigators quickly grew skeptical of accounts given by McConnico and Gadson and two days after the shooting Gadson held a news conference to apologize for misleading authorities.
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