Bexar County

Grandfather of 14-year-old Manslaughter suspect charged for making rifle accessible

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BEXAR COUNTY, Texas — The grandfather of the 14-year-old child believed to have accidentally shot a 13-year-old victim who died in northern Bexar County after an accidental shooting has been charged with Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child resulting in Severe Bodily Injury or Death.

Robert Lee Voigt, 75, was charged and arrested for the crime Monday after the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office had to wait for a period of seven days to bring the charge against him.

The children were in a secondary RV living quarters where the 14-year-old suspect lived by himself when the shooting took place.

The 14-year-old suspect allegedly told police initially that the 13-year-old was cleaning the gun and shot himself when the accidental shooting took place.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday that the most likely scenario was that the 14-year-old pulled the trigger and was holding the weapon at the time that the 13-year old victim was shot.

The 14-year-old has been charged with Manslaughter, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

When deputies arrived at the shooting scene, they observed a Savage Arms multi-caliber rifle on the floor of the recreational vehicle and a magazine containing several rounds was also located inside of the recreational vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.





When Voight’s grandson, the 14-year-old suspect, was questioned, his grandson allegedly stated that the suspect bought the gun for him and the suspect allegedly agreed.

“The suspect stated he and his grandchild bought the weapon from Academy a couple of months ago,” stated the Affidavit. “The suspect’s grandchild stated he took the weapon to the recreational vehicle, from his grandfather’s residence, to clean it.”

According to the affidavit, the suspect never stated he did not allow his grandchild to take the weapon nor did he deny not having knowledge of his grandchild taking the weapon without permission.

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office ran the weapon through the Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Tracing Center and the purchase information returned to Robert Voight.

The affidavit also accuses Voight of failing to secure the rifle and leaving the rifle in a place where he knew it could be accessed by children, the same rifle that the suspect’s grandchild discharged and caused the death of the victim.

Voight was booked into the Bexar County Jail Monday on the Class A Misdemeanor with a bond amount of $7500.

 

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