Owner of gun that killed boy to face judge

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SAN DIEGO — Arraignment is scheduled Tuesday for a Scripps Ranch man whose pistol discharged and mortally wounded a neighbor boy as the fourth- grader played with the weapon two weeks ago.

Boy-Shot Eric KylazTodd Conrad Francis is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and negligent storage of a firearm in connection with the June 4 death of 10-year-old Eric Klyaz.

San Diego police said the boy was handling a 9-mm gun in a garage at a condominium complex in the 10900 block of Ivy Hill Drive along with Francis’ 9- year-old daughter when it went off.

The Dingeman Elementary School student suffered a bullet wound to the chest and died at Rady Children’s Hospital a short time later, homicide Lt. Jorge Duran said. The other child, whose older brother was babysitting her at the time of the shooting, was unharmed.

Francis, 55, turned himself in last Tuesday and was freed on $100,000 bond.

An attorney representing the defendant told news crews that her client had kept the gun unloaded in an inaccessible part of the garage, with the ammunition clip secured in a separate spot. Several news outlets reported that the defendant is the brother of former San Diego mayoral candidate Steve Francis.

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