Milwaukee teenager charged with shooting sister to death

CREATED Jan 11, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A teenager was charged Friday with shooting his sister to death in their home in Milwaukee this week.

Miguel Morales-Rodriguez, 19, faces a count of second degree reckless homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon.

According to a criminal complaint, Morales-Rodriguez and his younger sister, Brendalyz Morales, 15, were "having a dispute over a video game that they were playing on his phone."   

Morales-Rodriguez told investigators that "he was asking his sister for the video game and was holding the gun in his hand, which was pointed at her." 

He initially claimed that he dropped the gun, causing the magazine to discharge, but a detective told him that was impossible.

During a subsequent interview with police, Morales-Rodriguez changed his story, telling them that "he was holding the gun and pointing it at his sister with his finger in the trigger and that when he pushed the magazine release button it caused his finger to pull the trigger striking his sister in the head."   

If convicted, Morales-Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.