Tenn. state trooper, wife, 2 daughters charged in child death
Sep 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury in Cleveland has indicted a Tennessee state trooper, his wife and two daughters in the accidental shooting death of the officer's granddaughter.
Three-year-old Kydalynn Robinson apparently shot herself while holding a .45-caliber pistol on May 30. Her 2-year-old cousin was also in the trooper's house at the time of the shooting.
A Bradley County grand jury returned charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment Wednesday against 57-year-old Tommie Graham, who is the trooper.
Sheriff's spokesman Bob Gault said charges of reckless endangerment were returned against Graham's wife, 56-year-old Deborah Louise Graham; the child's mother, 23-year-old Jennifer Haylee Graham; and the child's aunt, 25-year-old Elizabeth Hayden Graham.
The family's attorney, James Logan, told the Cleveland Daily Banner (http://bit.ly/NH1xXP), the indictments were "tragedy upon tragedy."
"This is one of the most difficult matters any person could face," Logan said Friday. "Tommie Graham is one of the most decent men whom I have ever known."
All charged were released after booking Thursday afternoon.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott confirmed Graham has been placed on discretionary leave.
"We have faith in the justice system and continue to keep Lt. Graham and his family in our thoughts and prayers," Trott said.
The grand jury accused the trooper of failing to keep a loaded pistol secure.