Colin Lowrey is out on bail.
The army reservist, who is well-trained on using weapons safely, pleaded not guilty to murder and has been granted bail in his pending murder case.
Lowrey, 22, had contacted police on Oct. 22 to say that he accidentally shot his friend, Cherish Pincombe, in the head.
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He said that he pointed a gun at her head AND pulled the trigger but he was only joking around and said that the gun was not loaded.
He then explained that they were chatting on an anonymous chat line and that the person they were chatting with asked if he had a gun.
He apparently excitedly went and got one of his guns but he made sure it was not loaded.
He said that he had to use the restroom, put the gun down and when he came out of the restroom he picked it up still believing that it was unloaded.
He claimed that Pincombe asked him to point the gun at her head and insinuated that she had a death wish.
Her friends say that she was afraid of guns.
In any case, the army reservist, who is already on probation for another offense, was granted bail.
Even after police said the killing of Pincombe might have been a thrill killing which means Lowrey just wanted to kill for the heck of it.
Even after one of Pincombe’s friends felt that video games might be involved.
The Constitution in Nevada says,
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor shall cruel or unusual punishments be inflicted, nor shall witnesses be unreasonably detained.
However, there are bail exceptions and one of those exception is for murders punishable by life imprisonment without possibility of parole when the proof is evident or the presumption great.
So shooting someone in the head after a night of hardcore drinking by a army reservist who is trained in weapons safety isn’t grounds enough to keep this guy off the streets?
Lowrey is scheduled for a pretrial in early February and his trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 18.