Grand jury declines to indict Fort Worth father in daughter's shooting death

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A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict a Fort Worth father accused of reckless behavior in the shooting death of his 9-year-old daughter earlier this year.

Thomas Brock Wilson was no-billed on manslaughter charges Thursday, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

Wilson, 34, was arrested in July after a May 30 incident during which his gun went off as he removed it from a bag. His daughter, Anaya, was struck in the chest; she later died at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine.

In an arrest warrant affidavit, police said they had found inconsistencies in Wilson's account of what happened that day.

He said he was moving his Taurus .45-caliber handgun to a soft-sided carrying case and was trying to eject the magazine when his hand slipped, causing the gun to fire. Wilson told police that his hands were greasy because he had been working on a fishing reel.

"Thomas Wilson's demonstration appears to suggest that the barrel of this firearm should been turned in a direction to his right or left which would have not placed it in the direction of Anaya Wilson," the affidavit states. "Anaya was standing in front of Thomas Wilson with the approximate width of a queen sized bed separating them."

Wilson's son told Child Protective Services workers that his father played with his children by chasing them with his guns, the affidavit states. Wilson did so after taking prescription pills that made him sleepy and unaware of what he was doing, the document says.

Wilson wrote on his Facebook page after the shooting that words could not describe his grief:

"Due to an ignorant accident my beautiful daughter Anaya is with our Lord. I can't even put into words how devastated I am and really cannot imagine what my wife is going through. I love her and our 3 Boys more than life itself."

This report contains material from Star-Telegram archives.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696

Twitter: @fwstliz

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