Father charged over German teen's shooting spree

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Posted: Nov 27, 2009 5:52 AM

German prosecutors say they have filed criminal charges against the father of a teenager who killed 15 people in a shooting spree in March.

Spokeswoman Claudia Krauth said Friday that Tim Kretschmer's father was charged with 15 counts of negligent manslaughter. No trial date has been set.

The 17-year-old Kretschmer killed nine students and three teachers at his former high school in southwestern German town of Winnenden before fatally shooting three others elsewhere.

Authorities have said he used a 9mm Beretta pistol that belonged to his father, Joerg _ who, they say, kept the gun unsecured in his bedroom in violation of German law.

Tim Kretschmer then killed himself during an exchange of gunfire with police.