The Roseburg man accused of shooting his friend in the head while live-streaming on his phone pleaded not guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court Tuesday.
John Walker Adams, 23, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in January.
In November, Adams told police his friend, Josman Cereceres, 23, of Portland, had accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun.
Medical personnel rushed Cereceres to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where he later died, according to police.
At the time, investigators determined that the cause of the shooting was from a self-inflicted and accidental shooting. Police continued the investigation but no charges were filed.
But on Dec. 1, Roseburg attorney David Terry, who was representing Adams, told police that Adams had been the one to accidentally kill his friend.
Police interviewed Adams on Dec. 5. He told police that he and Cereceres had been drinking and live-streaming themselves on an app called LiveMe that night when the shooting occurred. Adams said he picked up a pistol that was on the counter and the gun accidentally went off, shooting Cereceres in the head, according to court documents.
Adams told police that he changed his clothes and later returned to the scene to throw a bullet he found on the ground into a field.
Investigators were able to recover a copy of the live broadcast and found that Adams had again withheld some details about the shooting.
The video showed Adams load a magazine into the pistol, pull back the gun’s slide to load a live round into the firing chamber and place the gun to the side of Cereceres’ head before pulling the trigger, according to court documents.
If convicted, first-degree manslaughter is a Measure 11 crime that holds a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.