Charges issued after hiccup prank kills Missouri soldier

Charges issued after hiccup prank kills Missouri soldier

Credit: Killeen Police Department

Spc. Patrick Edward Myers, a soldier based at Fort Hood, was arrested for allegedly killing his pal while trying to rid him of the hiccups.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 1:25 PM

KILLEEN, Tx. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Missouri soldier was killed on Sunday when a fellow soldier, trying to cure the victim of his hiccups, pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger.

Killeen police say the soldier, based at Fort Hood in central Texas, were drinking alcohol and watching football when the incident happened.

An arrest affidavit says Spc. Patrick Edward Myers of Spartanburg, S.C., pointed a gun at Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young's head to scare him and stop his hiccups. Myers told investigators he thought the gun had dummy rounds in it.

Bell County jail records show Myers was being held Tuesday on a manslaughter charge with bond set at $1 million. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Myers.

Pfc. Young is from Ash Grove, Missouri.

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