Charges filed after man died while playing with a revolver
HENLEY — Prosecutors have filed charges after a man died while playing with a firearm in central Missouri.
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.
Cole County Captain John Wheeler said the police received a call from someone that his friend shot himself.
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.