Massachusetts man indicted on lesser charge in teen’s death

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy he thought was trying to break into his home has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.

Jeffrey Lovell was originally charged with murder in the July 16 death of Dylan Francisco. Prosecutors on Monday announced that a grand jury had indicted the 42-year-old Lovell on the lesser charge. Lovell’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday.

Police say Francisco and a friend were drinking alcohol near Lovell’s Chicopee home and became disoriented. They knocked on Lovell’s door believing it was a friend’s house. Police say Lovell fired a single shot through the door when a pane of glass broke.

Lovell pleaded not guilty to the charges at his district court arraignment. His Superior Court arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

(Copyright (c) 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)