Slain Ark. Boy's Name to Come off Toy Gun Bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The name of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy fatally shot by police is being removed from a bill to ban the sale of some toy guns in Arkansas.

The action today came after an attorney for the boy's family objected that they never gave permission -- and they don't believe a toy gun was involved in his death.

Rep. Fred Allen of Little Rock said he'll take DeAunta (dee-AWN'-tay) Farrow's name off his proposal to ban the sale of realistic-looking toy guns in the state. Don Trimble, an attorney for the Farrow family, sent a public letter to Allen objecting to the bill being named after the boy.

The House Judiciary Committee backed the proposed ban yesterday. Farrow was shot to death by a West Memphis police officer in 2007.

A state police investigation concluded that the officer shot the boy because he was holding a toy gun that appeared to be real. But Farrow's family has said he was holding a soda and a bag of chips.

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