Update: Preliminary Autopsy Results Released in Lexington Teen Shooting Case

Authorities say Brady Xavier Olson accidentally shot his friend with an antique rifle Sunday night.

Updated, Feb. 28 5:35 p.m.: Preliminary autopsy results of a 19-year-old Lexington man show that he died within minutes of being shot with an antique rifle, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Harry O. Harman said a forensic pathologist determined that Kenneth Robert Nay, 19, of Lexington, died within minutes of being shot in his head with a 7.62-mm Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle on Sunday.

The bullet penetrated Nay’s head, resulting in a cerebral contusion, according to a release.

Harman ruled that Nay’s death was a homicide.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested Brady Xavier Olson, 17, who lived with Nay at the Riglaw Circle home, on Sunday and charged him with involuntary manslaughter.

Olson was being held Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $125,000 bond.

An arrest warrant alleges that around 8:15 p.m. on Sunday Olson shot Nay in the head. 

Authorities said they don't believe the shooting was intentional.

According to the warrant, Olson was pointing the rifle towards Nay without checking to see if the rifle was loaded and pulled the trigger.

The exact circumstances of Nay’s death remain under investigation by the Lexington County Coroner’s Office and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.


Orignial, Feb. 27 2012 04:40pm: A Lexington teen faces an involuntary manslaughter charge after authorities said he accidentally shot his friend Sunday night while handling an antique rifle.

Xavier Olson Brady, 17, of Lexington, remains in the Lexington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Authorities said they don't believe the shooting, which killed 19-year-old Kenneth Robert Nay, was intentional. The shooting happened Sunday evening at a home on the 500 block of Riglaw Circle near Lexington. 

Upon arriving to the call, the arresting officer reports that Olson, a junior at White Knoll High School, was standing outside the house with an unidentified friend and allegedly stated, "... I just shot my friend."

An arrest warrant alleges that Brady was pointing an antique, Russian-made 7.62mm Moisin-Nagant bolt-action rifle in the direction of Nay without checking to see if the weapon was loaded when the apparent accident occurred.

"He then pulled the trigger shooting Kenneth in the head and killing him," the warrant alleges.

Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman says an autopsy will be performed on Tuesday to determine the exact cause and manner of Nay's death.


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