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Man accused in deadly 'swatting' call appears in federal court

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 4:05 PM CDT
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A Los Angeles man facing charges at the state and federal levels in connection with a

to the Wichita Police Department that led to an unarmed man's death made an appearance Monday in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a superseding indictment filed in federal court charges Barriss with making false/hoax reports to emergency services, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire, wire fraud and conspiracy to make false/hoax reports.

The charges against Barriss and two other suspects began with a

Federal prosecutors say Casey Viner, 18, of Ohio, recruited Barriss to make a false 911 call aimed at swatting Gaskill. That call led police to the home of Andrew Finch. Believing they were responding to a deadly hostage situation, police shot and killed Finch.

Viner and Gaskill also

Following Barriss' arraignment Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office says three defendants in this case are scheduled for a Nov. 6 trail in federal court. The office says this date is likely to change.

Barriss is currently held on state charges in the Sedgwick County Jail. The state charges include involuntary manslaughter. Trial in the state case is set for Jan. 7, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

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