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A man is charged with involuntary manslaughter after accidentally shooting his cousin in the back and killing him, according to a Bibb County sheriff's news release citing witness accounts.

The victim, Cedric Recardo Patrick Jr., 21 years old, was shot Friday night at 10:15 p.m. while sitting in the front seat of a car in a Taco Bell restaurant parking lot at 1090 Eisenhower Parkway.

According to others in the car, the suspect, Dominick Kantrel Howell Sr., 27, was sitting in the back seat with a pistol in his lap. When the pistol fell, he tried to catch it and the gun accidentally fired, shooting his cousin in the back.

Howell turned himself in to investigators after Patrick was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead around 11 p.m. Howell is being held without bond at the Bibb County jail.

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