The man charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of a Noblesville teenager in December has pleaded guilty in Hamilton County court.
Jacob Travis McDaniel, 20, Noblesville, was arrested after he fatally shot 16-year-old Aubrey Peters with a handgun he thought would be empty, police said.
McDaniel pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and pointing a firearm, both felonies, according to a plea agreement he signed Friday. The court issued an order on the plea Monday.
According to a probable cause affidavit, McDaniel, Peters and two other men were in McDaniel’s house in the 8200 block of River Run Place about 11:20 p.m. Dec. 8 when the shooting happened.
Court documents say McDaniel was showing Peters and the two others a shotgun and a handgun. Dajuan Williams, one of the men, told police that “McDaniel tried to get Aubrey to hold the gun, but she didn’t want to.”
At that point, Williams told police, McDaniel ejected the magazine from the gun, pointed the weapon at Peters, took the safety off and pulled the trigger.
McDaniel apparently thought the gun was empty, the affidavit said, but when he pulled the trigger, a round fired. Peters was taken to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The killing prompted an outpouring of support for Peters, who two years earlier was hailed as a hero for saving two children who fell through the ice on Morse Reservoir.