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Dad charged with possession of firearm by felon after daughter accidentally shot to death

Special to SEGAZINE

The father of a 10-year-old girl accidentally shot to death Friday has been charged in the illegal possession of the shotgun that killed her, the Ware County sheriff said Monday.

Taylor Marie Jowers died at her home just after 1 p.m. Friday when she was struck in the chest by a blast from a shotgun that a 15-year-old boy was in the process of unloading, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.

In their subsequent investigation, Ware County detectives determined that the girl’s father, Joshua Scott Jowers, 33, is a felon and not allowed under Georgia law to possess any firearms, Royal said.

In addition to the 12-gauge shotgun, detectives seized other firearms from the home in the 4900 block of Jana Lane and then secured a felony warrant charging Jowers with possession of a firearm by a felon, he said.

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