The brother of the 8-year-old Maryland boy shot at the end of 2022 now faces murder charges in connection with the boy’s death, according to charging documents.
18-year-old Devin Wilson faces first and second degree murder charges, first degree assault and other firearms charges in the death of Dylan King.
Charging documents also reveal that Wilson apparently threatened to kill himself after the shooting and had recently legally traded a puppy for the gun that was used.
According to charging documents, on December 30, 2022, police arrived at the boy’s home on Presbury Street to find a next-door neighbor performing CPR on King, who had been shot in the head.
One officer said he heard “sobbing” coming from an upstairs bedroom, according to charging documents. When the officer entered the room, the officer found Wilson inside, with a shotgun pointed at his own forehead. The documents say that the officer was able to convince Wilson to put the gun down and leave the bedroom. Wilson was arrested at the scene and taken for a psychiatric evaluation because of the apparent suicide threat, according to charging documents.
Charging documents say that Wilson was placed in charge of watching his four younger siblings that night. No one else was at home at the time of the shooting. Charging documents say that Wilson first called his mom to come home because King had been shot. His father also came home and, according to charging documents, was told by Wilson that King had accidentally shot himself.
In charging documents, investigators say that Wilson had recently expressed an interest in shooting guns, according to his stepfather, and was taken to an indoor gun range for his 18th birthday. Wilson’s stepfather also told investigators that Wilson traded a puppy for the shotgun.
Charging documents say the person who traded the shotgun for the puppy was not known. The trade for the gun is not considered illegal, according to the charging documents, because Wilson was 18 years old at the time, with no known criminal background and the shotgun was not considered a regulated firearm.
Wilson is being held without bail. Wilson’s next appearance in court is February 15.