Monday, December 8, 2008

Houston Man Killed During Game of Russian Roulette


Closing the deal on a new home is certainly a reason to celebrate. Be it a mansion in Beverly Hills or a small trailer in the outskirts of a Southern town, the moving of boxes and furniture means a fresh start. Many people choose to enjoy this moment with a housewarming party at which friends and family can admire the place. Others may quietly sip some champagne and congratulate themselves on this new beginning. If you are like a group of young people in Houston, perhaps you prefer the thrilling option of repeatedly pulling the trigger of a gun and hoping that a bullet does not enter your skull and instantly kill you. That's much more exciting than hanging a few picture frames, after all!

On Saturday night in Houston, four men and one woman decided to celebrate the new apartment of one of the men by playing a game of Russian roulette. As everyone who is familiar with this high-skill game requiring unparalleled wits and athleticism knows, participants are to point the gun at their own heads and hope that the resulting squeeze reveals an empty chamber. One of the men successfully completed his turn but then decided, for some unknown reason, to test to luck of one of his buddies. This time, there was a bullet ready to escape and a 22-year-old man died as a result.

Displaying a chivalry that is all too rare in this day and time, the three surviving men fled the scene following the murder and left the woman to fend for herself. Luckily, the inability of this female witness to escape as quickly as the terrified men has given police a starting point for their investigation. However, more details are still needed to catch the shooter in this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Did you throw a party and find that your guests quickly became bored with Scrabble and Scattegories? Did you then think to yourself, "Hey! I bet I can liven up this party with a gun!" If the sequence of events that followed resulted in criminal activity, you will need the aggressive defense offered by the attorneys at Bertolino LLP. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today to discuss your case.

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