- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HENLEY, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed charges after a man died while playing with a firearm in central Missouri.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/1ojazOu ) reports that 21-year-old Lucas Abbett, of Henley, is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death Thursday of 23-year-old Casey Pitman. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

He and a female suspect also are charged with tampering with physical evidence and making a false report. A third suspect is charged only with tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities say the shooting happened while several people were inside Abbett’s trailer smoking methamphetamine and playing with a revolver. Court documents say Pitman shot himself after Abbett put a live round in the weapon.

Abbett told authorities he assumed Pitman had watched him put the bullet in the gun.


Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com

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