Gamers have their first day in court

Have been forbidden to game on line

June 13, 2018 - 7:54 pm

Two gamers whose online dispute over a video game allegedly led to a swatting call that resulted in the death of a Wichita, Kansas, are prohibited from any online gaming while they are free on bond.

Eighteen-year-old Casey Viner, of North College Hill, Ohio, and 19-year-old Shane Gaskill, of Wichita, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on charges of conspiracy to obstuct justice, wire fraud and other counts. 

The two gamers will have to live with their parents pending trial, and the judge also told them that they are forbidden from having firearms in the household, with the only restriction being for Viner's father, who is a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors allege Viner asked 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to "swat" Gaskill. Police went to a Wichita home in response to the call and shot Andrew Finch, who was not involved in the dispute.

Gaskill and Viner were released on a $10,000 bond.

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