- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

FORSYTH, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has agreed to a plea deal in the shooting death of his friend.

Nineteen-year-old Tristan Carr, of Forsyth, entered an Alford plea Monday to second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges in the October 2016 killing of 18-year-old Eric Summerfield. The plea means Carr admits no guilt but agrees prosecutors have evidence for a conviction. Carr initially had been charged with first-degree murder.

Carr offered conflicting accounts. Prosecutors said in a news release that Carr told the 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot Summerfield while playing with a gun. He told investigators he shot his friend out of fear because he was unable to tell who was approaching the door.

Sentencing is set for May 24. It will be capped at 20 years under the plea deal.

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