Dad: Let Me Go to Funeral of Daughter I Shot

Deandre Kelley shot into the air, hit girl in bedroom: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Dad: Let Me Go to Funeral of Daughter I Shot
A Jan. 12, 2014, photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, is of 34-year-old Deandre Kelley.   (AP Photo/Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

A Cincinnati man charged with fatally shooting his 11-year-old daughter wants out of jail to attend her funeral. Deandre Kelley's attorney filed the motion yesterday asking that his client be allowed to attend Saturday's funeral of Shanti Lanza. Kelley is charged with reckless homicide in his daughter's death. Police say the 34-year-old Kelley fired shots into the air outside the house Sunday while arguing with the girl's mother. One of them hit the girl in her bedroom, where she had fled when her parents started arguing. Kelley's attorney says the shooting was accidental. A hearing on Kelley's request is scheduled for today.

In a similarly tragic story out of Omaha, a stray bullet killed a 5-year-old girl yesterday as she ate breakfast in her home, and authorities say it may have come from as far as a block away. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a press conference last night that Payton Benson did not appear to be the intended target of the bullet, which authorities believe came from a shooting at least a block away that involved several individuals and multiple weapons. Payton was with her mother when the bullet ripped through her north Omaha home. No one has been arrested in the case, which is being treated as a criminal homicide. (More shooting stories.)

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