The owner of the gun that authorities say a 14-year-old boy allegedly used to kill Lucia Bremer, 13, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Richard M. Pierce, 52, appeared in the Henrico County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday, according to Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor, who announced the new charge in a news release Friday. Taylor didn’t detail Pierce’s connection to the boy, who has also gone unidentified, but she had previously said someone in the boy’s household had a handgun to which the boy got access.
Pierce will next appear in court Nov. 1.
Last month, Taylor announced that she would be seeking to have the youth tried as an adult. A hearing is set for Nov. 22 before Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Stacy E. Lee, who will decide if the case can be transferred to Circuit Court.
The boy is charged with first-degree murder. If tried in juvenile court, he could only be held until the age of 21. If tried as an adult, he could receive up to life in prison.
The youth also faces felony charges of attempted murder, threatening to shoot up a school and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and misdemeanor charges of brandishing a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.
Bremer was in the eighth grade at Quioccasin Middle School. The shooting occurred around 4:30 p.m. on March 26, in the 1900 block of Hickoryridge Road in the Gayton Forest West community.
Bremer and another girl were walking along a path connects the neighborhood to nearby Godwin High School when they were shot at and Bremer was killed.