Man accused of shooting Durham 10-year-old goes before judge

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James Scott Berish

The man accused of firing the bullet that hit a 10-year-old Durham girl as she slept went before a judge Thursday morning.


James Scott Berish, 23, of Durham, turned himself in on Wednesday. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

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He told Judge Brian Wilkes Thursday that he plans to find his own attorney and did not want one appointed for him.

Police said the shooting happened Sunday at 3:20 a.m. in the 4200 block of Garrett Road. A gun was fired in a second-story apartment and the bullet came through the ceiling and hit Deisy Medina as she slept in her bed.

She was rushed to the hospital with a serious wound. She has since been treated and released.

Berish has posted his $30,000 bond and is free until his next court appearance.

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