Man facing murder charges after 3-year-old fatally shoots self with his gun

- A judge bound over all four charges against the owner of a gun that a 3-year-old boy found and fatally shot himself with in June.

Lamonte Odell Johnson, 29, is charged with second-degree murder, felony firearm, possession of a firearm as a felon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

A group of children found and were playing with a loaded gun when 3-year-old Cameron Dillard accidentally shot and killed himself.


Johnson appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing.

A witness who lives in the apartment complex testified he's known Johnson, nicknamed Bop, for three years.

He says Johnson doesn't live at the complex but regularly visits, and has been seen interacting with the children who live there.

"He loves the kids. ... He's got kids - he's got a lot of them, and his kids know kids there," he said.

About a week before the incident, the witness testified Johnson asked him to show him how to unload a gun.

He said it was a relatively small gun.

"Kids wouldn't assume it was real," he said.

The witness says when it happened, he was working in his truck and the mother of the victim was talking to his girlfriend. Also in the area were a few of his adult neighbors.

After the shooting, Johnson left the scene.

The witness says they later spoke on the phone, but Johnson wasn't willing to turn himself in.

"What convinces me that he knew that he was at fault here (was) because he didn't stay to help. He, by all testimony, ... went back, picked up the gun and left the scene and then didn't come back to the scene to find out what happened with the little boy," said Judge Linda Davis.

The judge went onto say she doesn't believe Johnson went to the complex that day thinking he would kill a child but:

"When you carry a loaded gun around children that in itself is dangerous," Davis said.

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