Family of victim speaks after Kearns teen charged in shooting death of stepbrother

TOOELE, Utah – A Kearns teen was in court Thursday, facing charges of manslaughter and obstruction of justice for the death of his stepbrother Jerrad Jacobsen.

The juvenile stepped into a Tooele courtroom Thursday afternoon and denied both allegations against him.

The mother of Jerrad, Theresa Toledo, said her son’s death was not an accident.

“Somebody he trusted, somebody my son would have died for, shot my son in the back of the head,” Toledo said. “You don’t hold a gun to the back of somebody’s head and pull the trigger and clean yourself up before you tell anybody; that’s not accidental. He murdered my son in cold blood."

Jerrad was found dead on March 18 in his home.

Police said when they arrived, Jerrad had a gunshot wound to his head.

When the juvenile spoke to authorities, police said he told them the two boys were both hanging out in Jerrad’s bedroom before school. That’s when the juvenile grabbed the gun and pointed it at Jerrad. Police say the juvenile told them he didn’t know the gun was loaded when he pointed it at Jerrad.

Jerrad’s uncle, Rodney Bagshaw, said the family just wants justice.

“My nephew needs justice – this was not an accident,” Bagshaw said.

Jerrad’s stepbrother is in the Salt Lake Juvenile Detention Facility.

His court case is being moved to the Salt Lake County court system.

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