More charges filed in teen shooting

More charges filed in teen shooting

March 16th, 2011 by Beth Burger in News

Jesse Myles Compton - homicide victim Contributed Photo

Myles K. Stout, 20, was charged early this morning with reckless homicide after he told Hamilton County Sheriff's Office detectives he shot and killed 18-year-old Jesse Compton. Stout said he thought the gun was unloaded and they were horseplaying.

Additional criminal charges were filed Tuesday against a 20-year-old man accused of shooting a teen on March 9.

Myles K. Stout, who already faces a charge of reckless homicide for the death of 19-year-old Myles Compton, now faces charges of reckless endangerment with a weapon and filing a false police report. He remains in custody on a $25,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday.

During interviews with investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Stout said he thought the gun was unloaded when he shot Compton in the chest.

But witnesses told investigators that Kevin Driscoll, who had about six young adults over at his parents' residence at 9125 Stoney Mountain Drive, unloaded the weapons before passing them around. Stout apparently reloaded the gun before firing it at Compton, authorities said.

An autopsy report shows a single gunshot wound to Compton's chest from a .38-caliber gun. The bullet stopped just short of exiting Compton's body through his back.

Initially when authorities were contacted, Stout told emergency personnel in a 911 call that Compton shot himself. After detectives arrived on scene, Stout told the same story to investigators until they confronted him with witness testimony. Only then did he admit to shooting Compton, according to reports.