Martinsville Boy Arrested For Murder of Brother

by Staff on July 1, 2011 · 3 comments

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Child MurderThursday evening, emergency crews rushed to the home of a six-year-old Martinsville boy, Andrew Frye, after his 11-year-old brother, Nathan Butler, called 911 for help. Shortly after being taken by helicopter to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, the boy was pronounced dead.

Lieutenant Mark Wilson of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department reported that no adults were home at the time of the shooting, although a county ordinance allows children over the age of 10 to babysit.

Initially, reports were that the 11-year-old heard a “pop” and then found his brother on the floor of the bathroom. Sheriff’s deputies said they did not suspect foul play but were continuing to investigate what they believed was an accidental shooting.

Today, Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega announced that the older boy would be charged as a juvenile with murder and criminal recklessness. Police also said that the two boys were the only ones home at the time of the shooting.

Six-year-old Andrew Frye was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.



  1. […] Butler, the 11-year-old Martinsville boy accused of murder and reckless homicide in the shooting death of Andrew Frye, his six-year-old brother, appeared in Morgan Superior Court II today. He was handcuffed and […]

  2. […] Vandagrifft, the mother of Nathan Butler, the 11-year-old Martinsville boy who allegedly shot and killed his six-year-old brother, Andrew Frye, was arrested this morning and charged with one count of neglect of a dependent as a […]

  3. […] Butler, the Martinsville boy accused of murdering his six-year-old brother, Andrew Frye, was found not guilty of murder […]

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