Father in jail to pay final respects to son killed in shooting accident

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 13, 2014)—FOX59 has learned the father of a 5-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by his half-brother will be able to pay his final respects to his son.

"At first I was feeling like these people don't have any sympathy," said Brittney Rodriguez, DaMoni's mother.

The mother of 5-year-old DaMoni Troutman pleaded for the boy’s father, Donahvon Troutman, to be released to say his final goodbye. Troutman is currently being held in a maximum security facility on weapons and drug charges.

"I wasn’t going to stop. I was going to keep going until I couldn't go anymore and today was my last attempt," said Rodriguez.

Thursday, a Marion County judge handed down a ruling that allows Troutman to see his son.

You can read the court order here.

The hearse carrying the boy's casket will arrive at the jail's sally port (a secure, controlled entryway) and the father will be able to see it and pay his respects alongside a chaplain.

"He will not be allowed to come with the family but he will be allowed to see his son and that's all that matters to me," said Rodriguez

The young boy was killed last Saturday after accidentally being shot by his 9-year-old half-brother. A coroner report indicated the boy died from a gunshot wound to the head and the case was ruled a homicide.

Local attorney, Ralph Staples, has had clients in the past ask for similar requests.  He says it ulitmely comes down to compassion.

"Bearing in mind that person may be dangerous or a security risk, I think the judge can find it in his or her heart to let that person say a final goodbye," said Staples.

Wednesday, the boy’s mother, Brittney Rodriguez, marched through the Indianapolis City-County Building, pleading her case. A local pastor even wrote a letter to the Department of Corrections on Donahvon Troutman’s behalf, asking officials to make an exception for his release to attend the boy’s funeral.

“His past is his past, we don’t have to ignore it or act like it doesn’t exist,” said Pastor Denell Howard of Hovey Street Church of Christ. “What we are asking for is a plea for compassion.”

The DOC said Wednesday that based on Troutman’s criminal history, they won’t arrange a request unless a judge orders them to do so.

The boy will be laid to rest Friday.

The Marion County Prosecutors Office is handling the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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