Nelsonville Teen Admits To Shooting Death Of Another Boy

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A 14-year-old Nelsonville boy admitted in court Tuesday that he killed another boy while playing with a gun.

Meanwhile, the boy’s father, Donald Platt, 37, was indicted Tuesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and tampering with evidence.

The accused boy was charged Friday with reckless homicide in connection with the shooting death of Eli Spanger, 11, on March 6 at Platt’s home.

The indictment against Platt alleges that he is the owner of the gun his son was playing with when it fired and killed Spangler. He allegedly locked the gun safe after the shooting, tampering with evidence.

 Platt was issued a $25,000 signature bond and ordered not to have contact with Spangler’s family.

A pre-trial is scheduled for June 24 and a jury trial is set for July 27.