Ohio gamer heads to court in deadly Kansas hoax case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer accused of recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call is expected in federal court to answer for his alleged part in the hoax that got an unarmed Kansas man killed by police.

A change-of-plea hearing is Wednesday for 19-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio. He initially pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.

Viner allegedly became upset over a $1.50 bet while playing Call of Duty: WWII online with 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita. Prosecutors say Viner then asked Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to “swat” Gaskill.

Swatting is sometimes used by gamers to send first responders to an opponent’s address.

Barriss was sentenced last week to 20 years. Gaskill’s trial is April 23.

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