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DC man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of 11-year-old

December 17, 2019 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington, D.C., man has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy.

Tony Antoine McClam, 29, entered the plea Friday in the death of Karon Brown, who was shot to death in July, WTOP-FM reports.

McClam told police that he, another adult and several minors confronted Karon and another juvenile that day over bullying that his stepson had experienced, according to The Washington Post. He said they surrounded Karon and the other child, and one of the juveniles he brought with him punched either Karon or his companion, sending them fleeing. Authorities haven’t said what the exact motive was.

A driver stopped to ask Karon if he was OK and Karon jumped in, asking the driver to take him home, according to charging documents. The car’s driver told police it looked like Karon was “getting jumped” by adults. The car’s passenger told police they then heard gunshots and looked in the back seat to see Karon bleeding. He later died at a hospital. The driver and passenger said they didn’t know him.

McClam and his attorney have argued that the shooting was in self-defense. McClam told police he saw the driver lean down and feared he was reaching for a weapon. He said he didn’t see Karon in the car. McClam repeatedly fired into the car that was moving away from him, each time shooting into the back seat where Karon was hunkered, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Liebman has said.