No charges filed in shooting death of teen

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Submitted: Tue, 04/23/2013 - 12:58am
Updated: Mon, 12/09/2013 - 4:08pm

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — No charges will be filed in the shooting death of Jasmine Thar. The 16-year-old was shot and killed in the front yard of a Chadbourn home on December 23, 2011.

James Blackwell, who lived across the street, says his 700 Remington Rifle went off without pulling the trigger.

The investigation determined that the death was the product of an accidental discharge resulting in an unintended consequence.

According to District Attorney Jon David, the fact that a shooting occurred does not constitute criminal negligence. There is no evidence to suggest that Blackwell shot Thar intentionally. The bullet traveled through a shut window with the blinds in a closed position.

The investigation also found that there is no evidence that Blackwell’s actions were motivated by racial hatred or animosity between the parties. Instead, multiple witnesses reported observing Blackwell screaming, crying, and showing extreme remorse directly after the shooting.

The investigation concluded that Blackwell cannot be criminally charged in connection with this accidental shooting.

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15 Comments on "No charges filed in shooting death of teen"

2015 years 8 months ago

My heart goes out to the family of the young girl as I know the pain is there just as the other victim is suffering. Yes, Mr. Blackwell is also a victim in that he has to live with this also.
As for the haters that are trying to turn a tragic event into a racially motivated hate crime, they should be charged with a crime in itself. It seems obvious who the real racist is.

2015 years 8 months ago

Once again, my continued condolences to the family of Jasmine Thar. She was a beautiful young woman whose life was tragically shortened.

Also, congratulations to James Blackwell for being legally exonerated. Unfortunately, he’ll probably be haunted by his mistake for a very, very long time.

Oh yes, and then there’s the professional racial opportunist from Raleigh, the “reverend” William Barber. William Barber: The man who single-handedly tried to turn a terrible tragedy into a hate crime for his own personal payday. The man who came down from Raleigh to try to take advantage of grief and loss by twisting it into hate for one’s fellow man.

Unfortunately, his life will probably not be tragically shortened nor will he probably be haunted by his deliberate personal choices which were not a mistake. He will be remembered though by people who care enough to make sure that opportunists like him get fewer and fewer chances to turn members of our society against one another for their own personal gain.

2015 years 8 months ago

“Accidents” like this should not happen! A clear case of negligence. Absolutely unacceptable!!

mission 13
2015 years 8 months ago

Meritorious. No but if someone left a car parked on a hill and it were to move all by itself and pin you underneath it. I’m sure that you would insist that the owner be thourghly investigated. And I doubt that you or your family would accept the owner at his word that he was sorry and felt bad about it and his bad feelings are more than enough punishment.

mission 13
2015 years 8 months ago

Why would a company recall a product if they cannot be held liable in civil or criminal court? That is also assuming that the triger had not been tampered with.

2015 years 8 months ago

People google “Remington 700 misfires” and do a little reading, the model 700 has had problems for a long time misfiring when the safety is taken off or when you are working the bolt to remove the cartidges, there is a lot of concern and speculation that Remington should have recalled and repaired those mechanisms, but it is the most popular bolt action rifle and the company says it is cost prohibitive to recall. It is a well documented problem but also one that a lot of the owners are unaware of.

2015 years 8 months ago

It was an accident, as in “mistake”, possibly in conjunction with a misfire problem associated with the Remington 700. Accidents happen.

Climb down off of your high horse and join the rest of us imperfect humans. At the very least, stop being your own horses behind.

2015 years 8 months ago

accidents do happen. Which helps explain why there are so many ambulance chasing attorneys.

On another note, at least you did not try to blame Bush.

2015 years 8 months ago

I Smell A Big FAt Law Suit…. #SueEverybody

2015 years 8 months ago

No charges will be filed ?? Wow.. She’s dead and he is still free. Yeah accidents happen but still that will not bring her back !

Guest 1492
2015 years 8 months ago

Filing charges won’t change anything. If a meteor fell from space and killed someone would you file charges against that too?

You probably would. Moron.

Gerry Sirtigo Whited
2015 years 8 months ago

I would simply ask how thorough was this investigation,a mere study trajectory would help determine if there was a point & shoot involved. And if there was a point & shoot then that would open up many more questions that James Blackwell would have to answer!!??

2015 years 8 months ago

A mere study of trajectory won’t tell them anything either.
There may, or may not be more to this story than meets the eye, but at this point with shades closed and windows closed it would become immediately apparent where the bullet came from.
Is this man THAT stupid?
And yes, I have faith in the investigation.


STL Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

How is this any different from a stray bullet? If you are in an apartment across the hall and shot a stray bullet (accident or not)across the hallway and someone dies, don’t you get charged for that…something like involuntary manslaughter????? No charges have been pressed??

2015 years 8 months ago

I wonder if you people would call it “just an accident” if it happened to your child or grandchild…imagine if it was your child, how would you feel. He should be charged with at least manslaughter.