BOSTON (WHDH) -
A 14-year-old was arraigned in Suffolk County Juvenile Court on Monday following the shooting death of his 9-year-old brother in Dorchester.
Juanly Peña was charged with manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm in the shooting of Janmarcos Peña on Feb. 7. Authorities say the incident occurred late on a weekday morning when both boys should have been at school. Their mother was not in the apartment at the time.
He pleaded not guilty as a youthful offender. He was indicted last month as an adult, making his name public.
Officials believe that the death was not intentional.
"[Evidence] suggests that the defendant procured the weapon on his own initiative and, though apparently believing it to be unloaded, pulled the trigger while it was pointed at his brother," said District Attorney Daniel Conley.
A lawyer said that the suspect thought "the handgun was unloaded because when he was fiddling with it, he removed the magazine. We know now that he still had a bullet in the chamber of that weapon."
While Peña did not admit to aiming the gun at his brother, evidence says that the gun was pointed at the upper chest.
Peña gave a detailed statement to detectives about the incident, but did not admit to where he procured the weapon. The DCF had been involved with the family and had visited the home a week before the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.
Peña is being held on $50,000 cash bail and will return to court on May 27.