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An evidence expert Monday questioned the only surviving victim's account of how Richard Keuck allegedly shot his girlfriend and her teen-age son and fatally wounded her younger son in the bedroom of their Town of Boston home.

Herbert L. MacDonell of Corning disputed Janet Tatar's courtroom claim that she was holding her son, Charles Gray, 4, when the boy was fatally shot. She agreed with the defense claim that the shootings may have been the result of a rifle being accidentally discharged during a a struggle.

MacDonell said that the angles of the three .22-caliber bullets that struck all three persons showed that the 4-year-old was sitting on his mother's bed when shot at about 2 a.m. Aug. 30, 1988, in the home at 7047 S. Abbott Road. The victims shared the home with Keuck for about a year.

Free on $100,000 bail, Keuck, now of Buffalo, is charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons counts.

Charles died of a severe gunshot wound. Ms. Tatar, now 31, was shot in the stomach. Ms. Tatar's other son, Michael Cousins, then 12, suffered a superficial gunshot wound to the neck. He was fatally injured when struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Seneca Street last April.

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