Teen charged in Kansas says he didn't know gun was loaded

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -

A 13-year-old charged with murder in Kansas told investigators he didn't know a gun was loaded when a 14-year-old was fatally shot.

The Kansas City Star reports court documents released recently say the teenagers stole the gun from a car and were playing with it when Zavier Mendoza was shot Aug. 8 at a townhome in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe.

Prosecutors charged the 13-year-old from suburban Roeland Park with second-degree murder. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe declined to comment on the charging decision.

Authorities have not released the 13-year-old's name because of his age.

He's scheduled to go to trial Jan. 13.

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