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UPDATE: April 5, 2019
Today, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office charged a 16-year-old Oak Hill boy with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his younger cousin in February 2018.
The defendant, Traves L. Plummer (DOB 2/6/2003), initially told detectives that the victim, 14-year-old Ernesto Sierra, shot himself inside a bathroom at Plummer’s house at 287 Wood Avenue, Oak Hill. But several inconsistencies started to emerge in Plummer’s account of the incident.
While the Plummer home had security cameras outside and inside the house, and detectives were able to obtain footage from before and after the shooting, any footage of the shooting itself appeared to have been erased.
DNA test results indicated only Plummer’s DNA was present on the Jimenez 9mm handgun that killed Sierra.
Detectives determined it was physically impossible for Sierra to have shot himself.
Sheriff’s Office detectives worked closely with prosecutors from the State Attorney’s Office on this investigation and met with Sierra’s family this afternoon to inform them of the charging decision.
Plummer was arrested on his warrant for manslaughter this evening on the 700 block of South Beach Street in Daytona Beach and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Feb. 11, 2018
DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 14-YEAR-OLD KILLED BY GUNSHOT
Relatives reported gunshot wound was self-inflicted
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that took the life of a 14-year-old boy Saturday night in Oak Hill.
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