JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina prosecutors are expected to open their case against a former Camp Lejeune Marine charged with killing a friend during a deadly game reminiscent of Russian roulette.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Tuesday that 21-year-old Michael Everett Smith is charged with murder. Fellow Marine Bryan Thorkelson died of a gunshot wound to the head after a game which has players taking turns pointing a loaded handgun at each other.
The game has cropped up in barracks across Iraq and Afghanistan, supposedly to make a serviceman trust a comrade enough that he would stare into the other Marine's gun barrel.
Last September, a Marine pleaded guilty at Camp Lejeune to involuntary manslaughter for a similar death in Iraq.
Information from: The Daily News
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