Grand Jury To Decide In A Father’s Shooting Death Of Daughter’s Boyfriend

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A Harris County grand jury will decide if any charges will be filed against a Texas father accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy in his teenage daughter’s bedroom at 2:30 a.m.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday (March 13) in a quiet subdivision in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. A father was alerted by one of his four children that someone was in the house.  When the father went to investigate, he checked his 16-year-old daughter’s room and saw the boy in her bed–who authorities say the girl let into the home. 

After the daughter denied knowing the person in her bed, an altercation ensued and the father fired one shot. The teenage boy, identified as Johran McCormick died on the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.

“He does appear to be known to the daughter. He’s not a stranger. We don’t know if the father knew him or not,” said Sgt. Ben Beall with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

No other injuries were reported, but authorities say the unidentified 55-year-old shooter was taken to the hospital following the shooting for symptoms of a panic attack.

The father has not been charged as of now, but the mother of the deceased teenage boy cannot understand why.

“If you take a life, you give your life,” the mom said behind tears. “We’re suffering. Why isn’t he suffering, too?”

She continued: “I would like my baby back, but I know that’s not possible. A call, you know? ‘I’m sorry.’ He didn’t deserve to die like that,” his mother, Zakia McCormick, told a Houston television station.

While the Harris County grand jury will have the final say on whether the father will face charges, prosecutor Warren Diepraam said it is likely that there won’t be any.

“What they found out after the fact isn’t going to matter a whole bunch. They’re looking at what he was thinking when he made the decision to shoot,” he said.

Neighbors of the family have conflicting emotions about the father’s actions in what they describe as a crime-free neighborhood.

“As a mom, I just can’t imagine,” said Letica Field. “I know the dad was trying to protect the family, but he should have let the authorities handle it.”

The family recently moved into the house from a nearby neighborhood.

When the investigation is completed, the findings will be presented to the Harris County Grand Jury for consideration.

Watch the news report below.

  • NCBrian

    Poor kid…that’s awful. I feel for the dad and even the daughter as well. She didn’t besmirch the boy after the fact by sticking to her story, it sounds like she came clean as well. So she obviously knows right from wrong and just reacted in the moment and that lie cost that kid his life. Really terrible.

    I don’t the criminal charges against anybody are appropriate. The family of the boy likely have a strong case for a wrongful death action against the daughter though.

  • 2happy2hate

    The daughter should suffer the consequences for lying b/c she is the reason as to why this boy lost his life. The father was only trying to protect his family, which any parent would have done, regardless of what the naysayers have to say. The father probably thought the boy was in there raping his daughter. Where was this boy’s parents? Did they not know his whereabouts? People need to stop excusing their children from wrong doing and then when crap hits the fan, they want to cry “Woe it’s me or why my child?” Be a parent.