New charges filed in Oklahoma teen’s shooting death
McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — New charges have been filed in the shooting death of an Oklahoma high school sophomore that authorities originally said appeared to be accidental.
Officials say 16-year-old Kaylen Thomas was shot in the head on Oct. 5 at her friend’s home in McLoud, about 24 miles (39 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.
The state medical examiner’s office has ruled that her death was a homicide, and McLoud Police Chief Tom Pringle says investigators no longer believe that the shooting was an accident.
A 15-year-old girl was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter in the case. But court records in Pottawatomie County indicate that the charge was elevated to second-degree murder on Friday.
In addition, prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge on Wednesday against a second suspect in the case, a 17-year-old girl.