Man, 19, faces involuntary manslaughter in teen's death

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Inkster — A 19-year-old Inkster man faces two felony charges in the death of 16-year-old boy Sunday in Inkster that police believe was accidental, court records show.

Johtez Hoskins, 19, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony firearm in the teen's death.

The shooting took place on the 800 block of Clair, in the area of Avondale and Henry Ruff, right near the Inkster-Westland border. Michigan State Police investigate all shootings and homicides in Inkster.

Early indications, police said that day, were that the shooting "may have been accidental." Police say Hoskins shot the victim, Darian O'Neal, while the two were in a back bedroom of the home. The gunfire hit O'Neal in the head and Hoskins in the hand.

After the shooting, Hoskins fled on foot, prosecutors say. Police tracked him down at a hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound. 

Police also recovered the gun believed to have been used. 

Hoskins was arraigned Thursday at Inkster's 22nd District Court and given a $250,000 cash bond. His probable cause conference is scheduled for April 24.