“I just shot my best friend”: the man charged with killing his friend with a bullet in front of his son’s head said “just kill me” after the age-old gun was fatally fired
- Hayden Dove Fenton is on trial for shooting best friend Bailey Davenport
- The court heard that Davenport was shot in the head by a defective rifle that held Fenton
- Police said Fenton begged to “kill him” when they arrived on the scene
- The 15-month-old son and partner of Davenport were both present
A South Australian man who was shot in the head with a defective, age-old rifle was the victim of “a disaster that is about to happen,” has heard a court.
On the first day of the trial of Hayden Dove Fenton, prosecutors told friends, “I just shot my best friend” and “just kill me” after he shot Bailey Davenport in July 2017.
Mr. Davenport, 21, was left with catastrophic injuries and died a day later in the hospital.
South Australian man Hayden Dove Fenton (pictured on bail in 2018) is on trial for the death of his best friend Bailey Davenport in July 2017
The Supreme Court heard Monday that Fenton, 30, had been drinking bourbon on the morning of the shooting before he and Mr. Davenport drove a forest in Parawa, on the Fleurieu peninsula, to chop firewood.
The 15 month old partner, cousin and son of Davenport also made the trip, as well as a friend of Fenton.
Prosecutor Mark Norman SC told the court that the group stopped at a paddock en route, where Fenton fetched a rifle hidden in bushland.
He said the gun was manufactured somewhere between 1904 and 1931, meaning that it was up to 113 years old in 2017 and had various mechanical problems.
“Even with careful handling, that firearm was prone to accidental discharge,” Mr. Norman told the jury.
“It was, the Prosecution continues, a disaster that is about to happen.”
On the first day of the trial, the court heard a group of friends use an age-old gun to fire shots at a bottle of bourbon before somehow Davenport (photo) was shot in the head
His friends immediately loaded Davenport (pictured with paramedics and a doctor desperately trying to save his life) into a car and rushed him to the hospital, but died of his injuries
The group had shot a bourbon bottle before the incident, although no one said they saw Fenton shooting the fatal shot.
They loaded the injured Mr. Davenport into the car and drove him to the hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.
Norman said there was no suggestion that Fenton had intentionally shot his friend.
“This was a terrible accident, but it was an accident that we say was completely avoidable,” he said.
“It was an accident that we say should never have happened, it was an accident that we say Mr. Fenton is criminally responsible for.”
Fenton, who has not been found guilty of one count of manslaughter, later told the police that Mr. Davenport’s rifle was.
The trial continues for Justice Mark Livesey, with the jury that will visit the forest on Tuesday.
Fenton, who has not been found guilty of one count of manslaughter, later told the police that the gun was owned by Mr. Davenport (pictured with air transport)