Jury rules 2-year-old's death as a homicide
DECATUR, Ill. (WICS) —
The death of a 2-year-old boy in Decatur has been ruled a homicide.
The coroner's jury deliberated for less than 10 minutes after hearing from the lead detective on the case.
Zachary Pherigo,17, is being tried as an adult in the shooting.
Officials said Pherigo shot his nephew Justin Lee Murphy Jr. in October.
Pherigo told investigators he was playing with his nephew and didn't know the gun was loaded.
Investigators said Pherigo took steps to conceal the gun and shell casings and took the boy inside before going to a neighbor's house, who called 911.