- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor wants to introduce evidence that a Pennsylvania man charged with fatally shooting his friend didn’t call police because he was afraid they’d find marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms growing in his home.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1IjAuMT ) says a Westmoreland County judge was asked to allow that evidence at the upcoming criminal homicide trial of 32-year-old Eric Fennell, of Hempfield Township.

State police say he shot 27-year-old Fidel Velez on Jan. 21, 2014 then drove Velez to the hospital, where he died, instead of calling 911.

Police say Fennell first claimed Velez shot himself, then told police the gun accidentally fired while Fennell was holding it and Velez was working the slide used to cock the gun.

Fennell’s attorney says the drugs - for which he’ll stand trial separately - aren’t relevant to the shooting.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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