The lawyer for the father of a New Jersey boy who fatally shot his 6-year-old playmate says he'll vigorously defend his client.

Brandon Holt was shot and killed by a younger neighbor in April 2013. (Facebook)

In a statement, Robert Ebberup asks people not to rush to judgment against Anthony Senatore of Toms River.

Senatore was indicted Wednesday on six counts of child endangerment.

Authorities say Senatore had multiple unsecured weapons in his home.

Officials say Senatore's 4-year-old son got a .22 caliber rifle and fired a single shot that struck his 6-year-old neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head, in April. Holt died the next day.

Although the shooting occurred in Ocean County, Atlantic County is handling the case because Senatore has relatives who have worked in law enforcement in Ocean County.

 

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