Defendant blamed for minor's shooting injury demands jury trial

David Yates Apr. 5, 2012, 5:23am


A defendant who allegedly allowed a minor to shoot a gun unsupervised is demanding a jury trial.

As previously reported, Marci Taylor, acting as next of friend of Ty Allen Taylor, filed suit against Belinda Frederick on Dec. 8 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging Frederick was supposed to be watching the child.

On Jan. 3 Frederick respectfully demanded that a jury try the case, court papers say.

A week earlier, Frederick had submitted an answer to the suit on Dec. 28 denying the petition's allegations.

The lawsuit alleges that on Dec. 12, 2009, Ty was at Frederick's residence in Hamshire and was knowingly allowed to load and shoot a .22 rifle unsupervised.

The suit alleges Ty somehow injured himself but fails to give details as to how.

Furthermore, the suit also fails to state why Ty was at the property and why he was left unsupervised.

Marci alleges Frederick should have secured the weapon and also failed to warn Ty of the unsafe condition.

She is suing for Ty's alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and impairment.

Woodlands attorney Thad Whisenant represents them.

Attorney Monica Wilkins of the Beaumont lawfirm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith represents Frederick.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A191-445

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