Gamers in court for first time after Kansas 'swatting' death

Published: Jun. 13, 2018 at 1:55 PM CDT
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Two online gamers made their first appearances in federal court for their alleged roles in hoax calls that led a Kansas police officer to fatally shoot an unarmed man in a case of "swatting" that drew national attention.

An indictment charges 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, with conspiracy to make false reports after he allegedly became upset while playing Call of Duty: WWII online and asked 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to "swat" 19-year-old Shane Gaskill in Wichita.

Viner and Gaskill face federal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and wire fraud charges.

Wednesday's hearings for Viner and Gaskill were short. Neither man is in custody as the judge released both of them on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

As part of the bond conditions, Viner and Gaskill cannot play online video games and cannot have contact with other gamers. Both men must also live with their parents.

Viner, is only allowed to travel to Kansas for future court appearances.

Barriss is being prosecuted first in Sedgwick County District Court on related state charges of involuntary manslaughter, giving a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer.

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