The case against a Harlem teen accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old friend was continued Friday morning after his attorney was injured in a car wreck.
Zachary Provance, 14, was scheduled to face charges connected to the shooting death of Eleanor Grace “Elle’” Kelly, 13, also of Harlem, in Columbia County Juvenile Court Friday.
But his attorney, Michael Spence, was rear-ended while traveling to the Regional Youth Detention Center Thursday evening to meet with Provance, Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Flanagan said.
Spence never met with Provance and could not attend the hearing because he is wearing a neck brace and on pain medication, Flanagan added.
After that shooting, on March 29, Provance was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a person under 18.
He’ll face those charges at 9:30 a.m. May 11.
Provance, Kelly and two other teens were inside Provance’s Kenner Street home preparing for a Harlem Middle School dance when he decided to show off his father’s .38-caliber pistol, investigators said at an April 4 detention hearing.
As Provance tried to uncock the gun, it fired and hit Kelly in the face. The bullet lodged in Kelly’s brain, and she died the following day.
Provance’s father, Richard Wayne Provance, also was charged with manufacture and possession of drugs for having marijuana plants inside a closet in the home, and possession of a gun during the commission of a crime. The drugs and guns were uncovered during a police search of the home following the shooting.
He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on April 4 after posting a $30,200 bond, according to jailers.
Provance, 54, lost custody of his son at the April 4 detention hearing.