LAS VEGAS — Army reservist Colin Lowrey who was arrested Oct. 22 after he said he accidentally shot his friend Cherish Pincombe in the head now stands accused of killing her just for the thrill of it.
Lowrey, 22, admitted to putting the gun to Pincombe’s head but claimed that she asked him to.
He also said that because he knew the weapon was unloaded he complied.
It was all made to sound like a tragic accident.
But something did not seem right.
Lowrey, already on probation for an arrest earlier in the year has been trained in the safe handling of weaponry as part of his military training and it would have been incredibly stupid for someone with his level or training to horse around with a gun, loaded or not.
He also attempted to shift the blame to Pincombe implicating that she may have had a death wish and loaded the weapon herself when he went to the restroom.
A friend of Pincombe’s, Christina Hall did not believe that she would have handled the weapon since was “afraid of guns” and said that video games might somehow be involved.
On the night Pincombe was shot, she was at Lowrey’s home with Lowrey and a number of his roommates.
Lowrey claims that Pincombe and his roommates went to sleep except one roommate, Patrick Duffy, who stayed up with him and engaged in anonymous chat on Omegle.com.
In the morning, he claimed that Pincombe woke up and joined the two men and that someone they were chatting with asked if he owned a gun.
He claims he got his weapon and his roommate went upstairs.
He and Pincombe were alone together and he claims he put the unloaded weapon down and went to use the restroom.
When he came out he says Pincombe asked him to put the gun to her head.
He did and also decided to pulled the trigger since he knew the weapon was not loaded.
Prosecutors do not buy Lowrey’s version of events.
They think he took the unloaded weapon into the restroom with him and loaded it.
Thrill killers generally do not derive any sexual pleasure from killing nor do they usually harbor any ill will towards the victim.
They are motivated by the sheer excitement of it.
Eerily police believe that an active chat on Omegle was open and that someone, other than the chatter who asked to see the gun, witnessed the murder of Pincombe.
Records obtained by authorities from Omegle included snapshots of Lowrey, Pincombe, and Duffy engaged in chat but not of the later chat.
He remains held on $200,000 bail with an arraignment scheduled for Dec. 10.