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11-Year-Old Boy Ordered to Stand Trial for Allegedly Shooting Mother Over Virtual Reality Headset

An 11-year-old boy in Wisconsin has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly shooting his mother during an argument over buying a virtual reality headset. The boy, who has not been named due to his age, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. The district attorney’s office is working towards trying the boy as an adult.

The incident occurred in November of last year when the boy was 10 years old. He initially pleaded not guilty and claimed that the shooting was accidental. However, investigators later discovered that he had purchased virtual reality goggles on Amazon the day after the killing.

The victim, the boy's 44-year-old mother, was shot in the head and her body was found in the basement. An autopsy report revealed that she was hit in her right eye. Detective Timothy Keller, who was on duty on the day of the shooting, testified in court that the boy admitted to shooting his mother with the intention of scaring her.

The boy's defense attorney argued for the case to be moved to a juvenile court, where the sentence could be shorter and rehabilitation services could better suit the child's needs. The court, however, found probable cause and ordered the defendant to stand trial.

This tragic case highlights the potential dangers of unsupervised access to firearms and the importance of responsible gun ownership. It also raises questions about the impact of video games and virtual reality on the behavior and development of children.

– NBC 15