Texas girl, 12, held over shooting of her father

By Calvin Palmer

A 12-year-old girl is in police custody accused of shooting her father in the back of the head and killing him.

Mark A. Nelson, 38, of Katy, Texas, died yesterday evening at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center.

Harris County prosecutors filed murder charges against the Cardiff Junior High School seventh-grader today, said Donna Hawkins, a prosecutor and spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney’s office.

The girl will be adjudicated in the juvenile court system. She cannot be tried as an adult because she is under 14.

A detention hearing has been set for Friday morning. She is being held at Harris County Juvenile Detention Center.

The shooting occurred yesterday morning. Nelson was shot while he and his daughter were alone at the family home in the Heritage Park West subdivision.

Another family member reported the shooting to police in a 911 call.

Katy police detained the girl and cleared the home before finding her father lying on his side in the master bedroom. He had been shot one time, Tyler said.

The father worked a night shift and police believe he was trying to sleep when the shooting occurred.

Police took a .38 revolver into evidence. Another handgun and shotgun were also found in the house.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]

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