Judge delays trial for online gamer in deadly Kansas hoax
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.