Mother Outraged After No Charges Filed in Shooting Death of Daughter and Grandson
BROOKSVILLE – Nearly a year after the accidental shooting that claimed the life of 25-year-old Katherine Bryan Hoover and her unborn son Rehlin, the victim’s family is still seeking justice after prosecutors decided not to press charges against the shooter, 36-year-old William DeHayes.
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On December 5th 2014, Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino announced that charges would not be sought against Dehayes; stating “Based on the facts…I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to charged DeHayes with a crime.”
Shocked at the state’s decision, the victim’s mother, Donna Bryan, set out to find on mission to seek justice for her daughter and grandson.
On July 26th 2014, DeHayes admitted to twirling a loaded .22 Cal. revolver in the face of Kathrine Hoover, when the weapon discharged – striking her in the head. Hoover died later that evening and her son also passed away, 30 minutes after his delivery.
Dehayes admitted to taking Methadone, Xanax, and Lortabs just before the shooting occurred, but says he only ingested the prescribed dosage.
Donna says that is enough to bring charges against DeHayes, for at the very least, Negligent Homicide, but State Attorney Brad King disagrees. After receiving pleas from Donna to reconsider the state’s decision, King responded in a letter that stated in part “If Mr. DeHayes was impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol, that would be a factor that would be considered.” King says deputies specifically interacted with Dehayes immediately after the shooting to see if he appeared to be impaired – all of the deputies reported that he behaved normally.
Donna contacted RNRF today and said “I am shocked, appalled, and devastated at how the judicial system has failed us… How is it that DeHayes’ right to own and play recklessly with his guns trumps my daughter’s right to life?”
After the state’s decision not to prosecute was announced, all of DeHayes’ firearms were returned to him. Soon after, Donna says she saw a facebook post of DeHayes holding a handgun and in the caption it said “My guns didn’t kill anyone today…”
After pleading her case with state officials; including Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott, to no avail, Donna says she will be starting a petition to reopen the investigation into her daughter and grandson’s death.
Kathrine left behind a 7-year-old son from a previous relationship (Nick) who Donna now cares for. Donna says he is still angry because, according to Nick “My mother and brother didn’t say goodbye before they went to heaven.”
UPDATE: 6/30/2015, 8:31 A.M. – Donna Bryan has provided the following link for her petition: Justice for my pregnant daughter who was shot and killed
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