13-year-old killed 11-year-old in Virginia

Posted on February 3, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Virginia |

RUSTBURG, Virginia — A 13-year-old Brookneal boy has been found guilty in the Feb. 3 shooting death of an 11-year-old neighbor.

Brandon Lee Walker was charged with murder after he shot Andrew Bryant Lambert in what was initially described as horseplay.

However, Campbell County Sheriff’s Office investigators have said Walker pointed a gun at Lambert three times. The third time, he cocked the rifle and pulled the trigger, officials said.

Judge A. Ellen White ruled Walker a delinquent, defense attorney Joseph Sanzone said after Friday’s trial in Campbell Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Sanzone said the judge ruled that there was not evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to show that the boy acted with malice or premeditation, meaning that he would have been convicted of involuntary manslaughter if he were older.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

“At 13, he is still a child, and he understands a lot of what has happened, but there’s a lot he doesn’t understand,” Sanzone said.

Outside the courthouse, Samuel Lambert, the victim’s older brother, told a television reporter that he was disappointed and had hoped for a first-degree murder conviction. He also said he was glad the trial was over.

“My brother can rest in peace,” Lambert said. More from Richmond Times

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