17-year-old suspect to be charged as an adult in shooting death of Hartford teen Keon Huff

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HARTFORD -- The 17-year-old suspect in the shooting death of Hartford teen Keon Huff will be tried as an adult, a judge determined Monday.

Fifteen-year-old Keon Huff, Jr. was found shot in the head about a week ago in Hartford. Monday, the teen accused of shooting him appeared in court.

Court documents identified the suspect as Tywone Edwards Jr. He is charged with murder, carrying a pistol without a permit and tampering with evidence.

Huff was found in the hallway of a residential building in the city's North End with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Huff was the city's eighth homicide victim of the year.

According to court documents, Edwards told police the whole incident was an accident. He said he was playing with a gun, pointing it at "everyone," thinking the safety was on when he pulled the trigger.

But a witness told police the shooting was no accident. The witness said he and Huff told Edwards to put the gun away but he wouldn't listen. After he shot Huff, he told the witness to throw the shell casing away, the witness said.

Edwards is being held on a $1 million bond and is due back in court in April.