The Latest: Gamers plead not guilty in ‘swatting’ death
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on two gamers charged in fatal “swatting” call in Wichita (all times local):
Two gamers whose online dispute over a video game allegedly led to a swatting call that resulted in police fatally shooting a Wichita, Kansas, man have pleaded not guilty.
Eighteen-year-old Casey Viner, of North College Hill, Ohio, and 19-year-old Shane Gaskill, of Wichita, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.
Prosecutors allege Vinter asked 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to “swat” Gaskill. Police went to a Wichita home in response to the call and shot Andrew Finch, who was not involved in the dispute.
Gaskill and Viner were released on a $10,000 bond.
Two online gamers will be making their first appearances in federal court for their alleged roles in hoax calls that led a Kansas police officer to fatally shoot an unarmed man in a case of “swatting” that drew national attention.
An indictment charges 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, with conspiracy to make false reports after he allegedly became upset while playing Call of Duty: WWII online and asked 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to “swat” 19-year-old Shane Gaskill in Wichita.
Viner and Gaskill face federal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and wire fraud charges.
Barriss is being prosecuted first in Sedgwick County District Court on related state charges of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.