15-year-old indicted for killing man, stealing gun and debit card, district attorney says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A boy has been formally charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the shooting death and robbery of an 18-year-old.

According to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, 15-year-old Caleb Hamer has been charged for the crime.

RELATED: Victim identified after 14-year-old arrested in Mississippi for Memphis homicide, police say

Hamer shot and killed Joseph Boose, 18, in April at a home on Forest Brooke Drive in southwest Memphis, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

Weirich’s office said that investigators made the scene at that house and said that Hamer admitted to shooting Boose while still holding the gun.

Boose was rushed to the hospital but died of the gunshot wound to his chest, according to the Shelby County district attorney.

RELATED: Man dead after being shot at house in Parkway Village, police say

Ten days later, Boose was arrested by the U.S. Marshals at a home in Horn Lake, Miss. after jumping from the second-floor window and throwing the pistol on a rooftop, investigators said.

The investigators determined that Hamer stole the gun, as well as Boose’s debit card, from the house where the 18-year-old was killed.

Hamer, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, is charged with first-degree felony murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft under $1,000.