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Judge delays trial for online gamer in deadly Kansas hoax

December 18, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed the trial of an online gamer charged with a hoax that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man.

The attorney for 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, asked for more time to complete plea negotiations. The judge on Tuesday set a new trial for Feb. 12.

Viner had faced trial in January on charges including conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.

Viner allegedly became upset over a $1.50 bet while playing online a Call of Duty WWII video game with 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita. Prosecutors say Viner then asked Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to “swat” Gaskill at a Wichita address.

Swatting is sometimes used by gamers to send first responders to an opponent’s address.

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