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Bethany man charged in connection with teen’s shooting death

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BETHANY, Okla. - Another charge has been filed in connection with the death of a teenager in Bethany.

Fifteen-year-old Floyd Davenport was accidentally shot by his 16-year-old friend back on July 15 at a home in Bethany.

The 16-year-old has been charged with manslaughter, and we now know the owner of the gun that was used has been charged as well.

William Henderson has been charged with one misdemeanor count of furnishing a weapon to a minor.

According to court documents, the two teens were at the Bethany home to watch the place because Henderson “thought the house might get broke in to” while “he was at the hospital with his wife, who had just given birth.”

Henderson told an investigator “he put the .40 caliber pistol in the living room closet” advising the boys “it was to be used for protection, if anyone tried to break in the house.”

Bethany police, though, said they have no record of any burglaries at the home.

“We just looked if he was the reporting party of a burglary at any time since he’s lived there. There is no record of that,” said Lt. Angelo Orefice with the Bethany Police Department.

The 16-year-old boy who shot Davenport told police “he was handling the gun and accidentally pulled the trigger, not knowing it was loaded.”

When police searched the home, they found multiple firearms.

“They were just laying in the house in random places, so they weren’t secured in a safe. There was no safe. There were no gun locks that we could find," Orefice said.

Police said part of the reason Henderson has now been charged has to do with videos they found on the teens’ cell phones of them handling guns in a reckless manner.

“We found probably no less than maybe a dozen or more videos of them pointing the firearms at each other, racking the slides on them, screaming and yelling like they’re posturing like they’re trying to fight each other with loaded firearms,” Orefice said.

There is an active warrant for Henderson but, as of Monday afternoon, he had not yet been arrested or turned himself in.

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