FLINT, Mich -- Dwarfed by the witness stand he was coaxed into taking, a 6-year-old boy who police say fatally shot classmate Kayla Rolland meekly said her killer was another first-grader.
Only his eyes and nose were visible over the witness box, where for 45 minutes Friday he testified barely above a whisper during a hearing for the man prosecutors say gave him easy access to a pistol believed used in the Feb. 29 shooting.
In charging Jamelle James with involuntary manslaughter in Kayla's death, prosecutors allege he carelessly stored the .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun investigators say was used in the classroom shooting in nearby Mount Morris Township.
James' preliminary hearing resumes Tuesday.
The boy's 8-year-old brother testified that the 6-year-old showed him a gun at home before school the morning of Feb. 29. He said he knocked on James' bedroom door to tell him, but there was no answer.
''I told him when the door was closed,'' the 8-year-old said, adding he thought James might be sleeping.
The 6-year-old boy, who isn't charged in the shooting, testified he had seen James playing with the gun and demonstrated how James twirled it in his hands.
The boy said he had seen the gun and some quarters in a shoebox in James' room -- an answer he gave after assistant prosecutor Daniel Stamos reminded him that was what he had told police.
The boy said he remembered Kayla being shot but shook his head ''no'' when asked if he shot her. He blamed another boy to whom he said he had given the gun.
''I wasn't playing with the gun, I wasn't,'' the boy said.
Stamos asked, ''Do you remember telling police Kayla was shot by accident?''
He nodded ''yes.'' But when asked if he caused the accident, he shook his head ''no.''
The boy indicated several times he didn't remember details, but when Stamos prompted him, he would remember. During a break, Stamos told reporters the inconsistency was normal for a young witness.
''A 6- or a 5- or a 4-year-old can say they don't remember when they really do. And then when you focus them on it, they do remember,'' Stamos said.
Stamos also said some of the boy's testimony differed from earlier interviews with prosecutors, but he wouldn't elaborate.
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