Prince George’s County police said Speaks had been playing with a gun that he illegally purchased when he fired it and struck Floyd the night of April 7 at a home in Fort Washington.
Witnesses initially told detectives that Floyd accidentally shot herself, but Speaks later admitted his involvement in the shooting after a medical examiner determined her injuries were not self-inflicted, police said.
Speaks “placed the gun in the victim’s hand to make it appear as if she had shot herself,” police said in a statement.
Speaks’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment. After a bail review hearing for Speaks this month, his mother said her son never intended to hurt anyone and that he loved Floyd. She said the pair had been dating since they were 11 and 12.
“This is a tragic situation in which Saniyah Floyd, a young girl who recently graduated from high school, lost her life and our office will seek justice on behalf of Ms. Floyd and her family,” State’s Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy said in a statement announcing the indictment Thursday.
A commissioner had initially charged Speaks with murder, but police have said there is no evidence that Speaks intended to kill Floyd.
Speaks made headlines last year after The Washington Post and other media outlets wrote about his fight to play football for Ballou High School, which had denied him a spot on the team. High school sports officials questioned whether he met residency requirements to play because he was homeless and did not have a permanent address. He was later allowed to play.
Speaks also has been charged with two weapons counts, including possession of a firearm by a person under 21. A trial date has not been set for Speaks, who faces up to 38 years in prison.