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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany woman is asking for leniency for her 17-year old nephew who is charged with murdering her 17-year old son.

She says the two teens were best friends, and she is sure the shooting was an accident.

Now the family is asking Prosecutors to drop the murder charges, and help teenager get therapy for his grief.

More than one dozen members of Bobby Davis' family held a banner in front of the Dougherty County Courthouse today. The 17 year old is in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with murdering his 17 year old cousin Edward Bell. Bell's Mother says she is convinced it was not murder.

Bell's mother Stephanie Washington said "I think it was a simple accident, two kids playing with a gun."

July 23rd in a vacant house on East Society Bell died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Police say Davis shot his cousin and best friend with a 9 milimeter pistol.

 Davis' mother Janet Davis said "They were first cousins. When you see one, you seen the other."

Now Davis is being held without bond on murder and aggravated assault charges, which the family says is not justice.

Washington said "This was just an accident. A simple plain accident. And I know this. That was my son, and I got to miss him for the rest of my life. But I can't carry him in my heart, and I love Bobby."

The family says Bobby Davis needs therapy and his family's love to deal with the shooting death, and are asking he be released on bond.

"we love him, and we miss him. And we want him home with us. We need to get him some help."

But prosecutors say this is another tragedy that happens when kids have guns. Investigators say they need witnesses that were in that house that day to talk.

Dougherty Acting D.A. Greg Edwards said "We are asking that if there was anyone else there besides the shooter and the deceased that they come forward and let us know what the whole truth of the situation is, but no one else has come forward."

Davis has been indicted on other charges including involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct, that Edwards says the jury will have to decide. But the family says Davis can't wait until trial for help.

Davis' trial will probably be held in January. The family says they will continue to demonstrate in front of the courthouse, asking that Bobby Davis be released on bond.

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