Juror Dismissed In Uzi Death Trial

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A juror has been dismissed for undisclosed reasons in the manslaughter trial of a former police chief charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy who shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a 2008 Massachusetts gun fair.
The woman cried during a private discussion with the judge and lawyers Friday in Hampden Superior Court before being dismissed. Fifteen jurors remain, including 12 who will deliberate and three alternates. Testimony will resume Monday.
Former Pelham, Mass., Police Chief Edward Fleury has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaugher and other charges in the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn. His company co-sponsored the gun fair in Westfield.
A teenager who supervised Christopher when the accident happened testified Friday that he told the boy’s father it wasn’t a good idea to let the child fire the Uzi.

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  • Denise

    Unfortunately in todays world – there is no such thing as an accident (it’s always someones fault) – and nobody seems to be held accountable for their own choices – teach them young that actions have consequences?? Not in todays world – protect the child from anything negative (everyones a winner and you don’t have to do that Mommy or Daddy will do it for you). Sad sad sad…

    The father knew the chances but everything thinks it can’t happen to me! Unfortunately it did – now someone else has to suffer because of his own stupid choice to let a child handle a gun that most adults can’t control!

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