MOUNT VERNON — A verdict is expected later this week in the trial of Joshua E. Heagren, 25, of Green Valley Road, on endangering children and negligent homicide charges in the Memorial Day death of his son, Lucas, 3.
Lucas shot himself when he found his father’s loaded .45-caliber automatic pistol under a couch.
A picture of what happened emerged in the testimony of deputies who were called to the scene and of the boy’s mother, Kaitlynn Campbell.
On May 28, 2012, Heagren was at home, baby-sitting his young daughter while Campbell and their son made a run to the store, where they bought a swimming pool as well as groceries.
While waiting for them to return, Heagren removed the .45 from the place where he usually kept it in a holster between the mattress and box spring in the master bedroom. He was going shooting later and was making sure it was ready.
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