Judge dismisses charges against woman in snow day shooting

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge filed against a Detroit woman after her gun was used in a fatal accidental shooting of a teenager off from school because of a snow day.

District Court Judge Kenneth King dismissed all charges against 58-year-old Lise Cox during a preliminary examination Monday. Prosecutors say they haven’t decided whether they’ll appeal the ruling.

Cox was at work at the time and had no direct role in the death of 13-year-old Emarjae Watkins at her home on Dec. 12. Prosecutors have said she didn’t properly store her gun and was aware children knew where to find it. They also had charged her with child abuse and a firearms violation.

A 13-year-old boy accused of firing the gun has been charged in juvenile court.