Prosecutors on Wednesday asked for DNA from Kenyatta Brown, accused of felony involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting of an El Dorado County woman at a September party in Carmichael.
Brown, 22, is accused in the shooting death of Joslynn Sovenski, 18, at the Sept. 19 party. Brown, who remains free on bail, will return March 3 to Sacramento Superior Court after the samples are analyzed, Brown’s attorney said.
Sacramento County prosecutors allege Brown mishandled an assault-style rifle at the party and discharged the weapon. A round fired from the weapon struck Sovenski in the chest.
Brown’s defense attorney Russell Miller alleged Sovenski’s fatal wound was self-inflicted.
Prosecutors say Brown fled the party with another weapon after the shooting as his brother tried unsuccessfully to revive the fallen Sovenski. The rifle used in the shooting was later recovered by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.
Brown and Sovenski, a restaurant manager and recent Ponderosa High School graduate, did not know each other, but were at the party through mutual acquaintances, authorities said.