A basic factual report, it looks like.....
May 8, 2004, 04:20 PM
Let's try this link... :-)
May 8, 2004, 04:22 PM
Bah... when I copy-and-pasted the URL, it worked. But my link gets redirected to a subscription page :-( So...
After having a couple beers at his friend's Brooklyn Park home, 19-year-old Jeremy Davis made a fatal mistake by playing with the safety catch on a handgun, according to manslaughter charges filed against him Friday.
The gun went off, hitting Kyle Thune, 21, in the head as he listened to the stereo in a car in his garage early Wednesday.
Davis, who lives nearby, called police about 3:40 a.m., saying he had accidentally shot his friend. Thune died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale at 4:20 a.m.
Davis was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter in Hennepin County District Court. He is in jail on $100,000 bail.
His attorney, Matthew Mankey, said Davis "is thinking of Kyle and his family." He said Davis, who manages a fast-food restaurant, had been close friends with Thune for several years. Mankey wouldn't comment on the charge, for which state guidelines suggest a sentence of about four years.
The charging document gives this account:
Davis and Thune were drinking beer that night and playing with Davis' .45-caliber handgun in Thune's home in Brooklyn Park. The two friends were loading and unloading the gun, and Davis lost track of whether it was loaded or not.
Later, Thune went to the garage to listen to the stereo in Davis' car.
Davis followed, waving the handgun, and began playing with the safety catch. The gun fired, hitting Thune in the head. Davis dropped the gun and called police, saying he accidentally shot Thune. A breath test showed that Davis, not legally old enough to drink, had a .16 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit for driving by an adult is .10.
Thune's mother, Vicky Bolin, said her son didn't like guns and that Davis wasn't at their home when she left Kyle to go to work about 10 p.m. Tuesday. "What kind of friend would bring a gun to his friend's house?" she asked Friday. "Who would think your kid would be shot with a gun in your own garage?"
Bolin said she and Kyle had recently returned from his older sister's wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where his brother lived. She said her son, whose father died years ago, had hoped to become a psychologist and was a part-time student at Anoka Ramsey Community College.
Kyle was a personal-care attendant for disabled children at a foster home, and two of the children brought her roses Wednesday.
"Kyle was a very generous, compassionate person," she said. "It's so unfair." She said her son was a Christian, and liked lifting weights, video games and counseling his friends. His dog, a sheltie called Haley, "keeps going to his window, looking for him."
Joshua Peterson, a friend of Kyle's, said Kyle "focused on what was bothering you; it didn't matter how small or stupid it was."
thanks, jnojr....I was just starting to fiddle with that URL and then paste the copy in when you got it up.
May 8, 2004, 04:27 PM
The two friends were loading and unloading the gun, and Davis lost track of whether it was loaded or not.
Did dumb shoot stupid or stupid shoot dumb?
May 8, 2004, 05:38 PM
Davis followed, waving the handgun, and began playing with the safety catch.
By "safety catch" they mean trigger, right?
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