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St. Petersburg man faces manslaughter charge in accidental shooting

An 18-year-old was shot on Nov. 25 and died days later, according to St. Petersburg police.
Sir Richard Evans, 22, faces a charge of manslaughter, according to St. Petersburg police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Sir Richard Evans, 22, faces a charge of manslaughter, according to St. Petersburg police. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Dec. 18, 2019
Updated Dec. 18, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — Sir Richard Evans was jailed in the Nov. 25 accidental shooting of an 18-year-old acquaintance — but not for wounding the younger man. He got in trouble for being a felon with a firearm, according to St. Petersburg police.

Then the acquaintance, Javien Newton, died of his injuries on Dec. 1. The 22-year-old Evans was arrested Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter and booked back into the Pinellas County jail.

The shooting took place on Nov. 25 at about 3 p.m. at 1819 23rd St. S. Police said Evans “accidentally” shot Newton, but did not say how the shooting took place, what kind of weapon was used or who owned the gun.

Newton was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Evans was arrested on Nov. 25 on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was freed on Nov. 28 after posting $10,000 bail.

Now he is back in jail, this time being held without bail.

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