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Woman re-indicted in teen's shooting

By Ed Brock

A Hampton woman has been re-indicted and charged with felony murder in the accidental shooting death of a teen-ager that happened in her house last year.

Rebecca Kay Whittelsey was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night after being re-indicted in connection with the Nov. 8, 2002 shooting death of 15-year-old James "Jake" Ewing McBee. Whittelsey, who was originally charged with keeping a disorderly home and providing a firearm to a person under 18 shortly after the incident, is now charged with felony murder, reckless conduct, involuntary manslaughter and contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well according to the indictment.

She was released on bail Thursday morning, said Clayton County Police Sgt. Brian Busch.

McBee had been staying with friends at Whittelsey's house on Country Lake Drive when at one point he hugged his girlfriend, told his friend's he would see them later, picked up the gun and shot himself in the head. Police said at the time that they believed McBee did not know the gun was loaded and did not intend to commit suicide.

According to the indictment, Whittelsey was negligent in having the loaded gun in the house, thus leading to the reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter charges. The felony murder charge came about because McBee's death occurred because Whittelsey committed the felony of furnishing a pistol to a minor under 18, the indictment says.