2012-08-02 / Local & State

Russian Roulette Death Could Be Tried As Homicide

EVERETT, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania prosecutor says he’s considering more serious charges against a teen accused in a friend’s Russian roulette death at a sleepover last week.

Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins said Wednesday he expects to charge 15-year-old Cole McConoughey with homicide in the death of Neal Hammond, also 15.

Investigators say another teen brought the .38-caliber revolver and bullets to the sleepover at McConoughey’s West Providence Township home before McConoughey pointed the gun at Hammond’s head and pulled the trigger.

Defense lawyer Steven Passarello says he’ll seek to have his client tried in juvenile court, even if homicide charges are filed. Higgins says charges are expected against other people, but declined to elaborate.

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