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Criminal charges filed against brother in Dekalb death

Families can often have surprising, complicated dynamics. Often siblings struggle to get along. However, conflict stemming from these struggles rarely results in violence. Despite this, a teenager in Dekalb now faces criminal charges following the death of his brother.

The incident that ultimately led to a murder charge is said to have happened one evening in December. According to reports, police officers claimed they found the lifeless body of a 17-year-old on the steps of his home. Police believe that he was shot by his 18-year-old brother as a result of a dispute. The details of that dispute are unclear.

Reports indicate that a video posted on social media prior to the shooting showed the older brother with a gun. Police also say that he threatened his brother in the days leading up to the alleged shooting. A younger sister was home at the time of the incident, and the parents arrived home soon after.

Anyone who has a sibling has likely been involved in an argument with them. Even if harsh words are spoken, it might be difficult to accept a threat made during a heated moment with a brother as credible. Unfortunately, a young Dekalb man is now left to deal with the death of his brother while also responding to criminal charges filed against him as a result. Regardless of the reports provided by the news media, those suspected of a crime are presumed innocent unless and until proved otherwise. In order for there to be a conviction, prosecutors must be able to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that is often difficult to meet.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "DeKalb teen fatally shot younger brother during argument, cops say", Raisa Habersham, Dec. 21, 2017

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