ATexas teen mistakenly shot his girlfriend dead moments after brandishing a gun in her face thinking it wasn’t loaded.
Javon Martin, 17, was arrested on Sunday, January 27, following the death of Makaila Simon, 15, in Spring, Texas. Moments before he fatally shot Simon in the chest, Javon shared a video of himself playing with a gun and pointing it in his girlfriend’s direction. Simon is heard giggling in the background and telling Martin to stop pointing the gun at her.
Unfortunately for both of them, the gun was loaded and the victim, who had just turned 15 years old three days before her death, was shot at 1:30am. Simon was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries.
Court documents state that when police interviewed Martin, the boy told them he had picked up the rifle and had begun pointing it in Simon’s direction when he pulled the trigger and the firearm discharged.
The pair were alone in the room but there were other people in the house at the time, according to the authorities.
Simon, a freshman at Lamar High School, had celebrated her birthday at a Cheesecake Factory just 24 hours before her death.
She and Martin had been dating for about a year. The girl’s family members said the couple had been arguing over allegations of infidelity.
Simon’s mum said she believes the shooting death of her daughter was not an accident.
Javon Martin has been charged with criminal negligent homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend Makaila Simon.
Watch the video shot moments before the death of Simon below.
ONLY ON 2: One of Makaila Simon’s last recordings. You can hear the 15-year-old asking Javon Martin, 17, to stop pointing the rifle at her. This was recorded minutes before Makaila was fatally shot in her chest. Martin faces a criminal negligent homicide charge. @KPRC2pic.twitter.com/zsBW0JEgbL