Teen to be charged as an adult in Phoenix shooting

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by Associated Press and Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 5:00 PM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A 15-year-old girl accused of fatally shooting another teenager in Phoenix is being charged as an adult in the case.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office made the announcement Thursday.

Authorities say Ladajianna Mosley faces second-degree murder and first-degree burglary charges.

They say 17-year-old Raymond Berryman died Tuesday after police found him laying unresponsive in front of Mosley's home in Phoenix.

Mosley told police that she, Berryman and a 16-year-old boy burglarized a home in the neighborhood earlier that day.

The teens allegedly stole a shotgun, a .45-caliber handgun and a revolver.

Authorities say the three teens were playing with the guns later. Mosley allegedly pointed a handgun at Berryman and pulled the trigger, believing it wasn't loaded.

Berryman ran outside with a gunshot wound to his chest and collapsed in the street. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a Valley hospital.

Police said Mosley and the 16-year-old boy originally planned to hide the firearms and tell authorities that Berryman had been shot during a drive-by shooting.

According to police, Mosley decided to tell the truth after being taken to police headquarters.

The other teen also reportedly told investigators that they had obtained the weapons while burglarizing a home.

The 16-year-old has been charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

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