Man pleads not guilty to felony charge in boy's self-inflicted s - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Man pleads not guilty to felony charge in boy's self-inflicted shooting death

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man whose son was at their home with a 17-year-old friend who shot himself to death with a loaded rifle left in the defendant's kitchen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of criminal storage of a loaded firearm.

Kevin Brennick, 49, faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The unlawful storage charge has as its premise that the accused knew or reasonably should have known that a child was likely to gain access to the firearm without parental permission and thereby caused death or great bodily injury.

"This is a charge that we don't see very frequently," Deputy District Attorney Rachel Cano said outside the courtroom.

Brennick -- who is out of custody on his own recognizance -- will be back in court Nov. 28 for a readiness conference and on Dec. 11 for a preliminary hearing.

He is charged in connection with the death last year of Luke Lipscomb, who shot himself between the eyes on Nov. 4, 2011, in Brennick's home on Midland Road. The Poway High School junior died at a hospital two weeks later.

The loaded .22-caliber rifle was left in Brennick's kitchen, according to investigators, who declined to say whether the defendant had a firearms license. No adults were present at the time of the shooting.

According to court documents, Lipscomb was with his friends, including Brennick's son, smoking marijuana the night of the shooting.

Lipscomb began hallucinating -- possibly because the cannabis was laced with a designer drug -- and hit himself in the head with a frying pan before shooting himself, according to a search warrant affidavit.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Sudden storm rips through San Diego

    Sudden storm rips through San Diego

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:28 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:28:43 GMT
    Parts of San Diego were hit by a surprise storm Tuesday that pounded local communities and toppled several trees. 
    Parts of San Diego were hit by a surprise storm Tuesday that pounded local communities and toppled several trees. 
  • San Diego fiance pleads for Hurricane Odile aid

    San Diego fiance pleads for Hurricane Odile aid

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:17 AM EDT2014-09-17 05:17:17 GMT
    Hurricane Odile crashed one San Diego woman's bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas. Rachel Lemay and her friends are among the thousands of tourists left stranded in the aftermath of what is now Tropical Storm Odile. And now Lemay's fiancé, who is in San Diego, is requesting humanitarian aid. 
    Hurricane Odile crashed one San Diego woman's bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas. Rachel Lemay and her friends are among the thousands of tourists left stranded in the aftermath of what is now Tropical Storm Odile. And now Lemay's fiancé, who is in San Diego, is requesting humanitarian aid. 
  • California drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

    California drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:34:14 GMT
    Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. 
    Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.