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Boyfriend charged in Broadway woman's death

Posted June 7, 2012 2:06 p.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2012 10:25 a.m. EDT

— Harnett County authorities on Thursday charged the boyfriend of a Broadway woman who died Wednesday in what witnesses said was an accidental shooting.

Todd Laymond Brown, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was being held Thursday in the Harnett County jail under a $200,000 bond.

Adrian Nicole Fitts, 23, was shot in the head inside the mobile home she and Brown shared at 80 Pine Hollow Drive, off U.S. Highway 421.

Authorities haven't released details of how Fitts died, but her brother-in-law, Anthony Spruiell, said someone was cleaning a gun when it somehow fell and discharged, striking Fitts.

Brown and an unidentified third person were with Fitts at the time. None of Fitts' three children, ages 5, 4 and 8 months, were home.

Sheriff Larry Rollins said that accidents sometimes result from negligence, and investigators believe that the involuntary manslaughter charge is appropriate.

While collecting evidence after the shooting, deputies found drugs in the mobile home. Brown has also been charged with trafficking in opiates, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a dwelling for drug use.