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Suspect indicted in Christmas Eve shooting

Posted February 10, 2009

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— A Wake County grand jury indicted Eric Eugene Hinton, 26,  Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by felon.

Hinton's son, Pharell Hinton, 3, was found dead of a gunshot wound on Christmas Eve at 1123 Ujamaa Drive.

According to an arrest warrant, Raleigh police investigators found evidence at the scene to indicate that the gun used in the shooting belonged to Hinton. They believe the child somehow got access to the gun and it discharged, killing him.

Hinton has a criminal record, with arrests for larceny, trespass, possession of stolen goods and drug use and possession. He served six months in jail in 2006.

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