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Teenager charged in Russian roulette death

Teenager charged in Russian roulette death

By: Channel 8 Newsroom


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A Nebraska prosecutor says a teenager has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with a fatal game of Russian roulette.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine on Thursday provided new details about the Sunday shooting in Omaha. He says 19-year-old Joseph Merolla died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a west Omaha apartment.

Kleine says Merolla died on the first turn of the game. He says two of Merolla's friends saw the shooting and a third was in another room. Merolla was found dead on the kitchen floor.

Kleine says 18-year-old Erik Valencia took the gun and left the apartment. Valencia is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a felony offense.

Valencia was released from jail Thursday after posting bond. 

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