A trial has been set for June for 23-year-old John Walker Adams of Roseburg, who is accused of shooting his friend in the head while the two were livestreaming video on Nov. 17, 2017.

Adams is accused of first degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in the death of 23-year-old Josman Cereceres of Portland.

In an interview with police on Dec. 5, Adams told police that he and Cereceres had been drinking and livestreaming themselves on an app called LiveMe when the shooting occurred. Adams said he picked up a pistol and the gun accidentally went off and the bullet struck Cereceres in the head, according to court documents.

Cereceres was taken to CHI Mercy Medical Center where he later died.

Court documents indicated that investigators were able to recover a copy of the live broadcast that showed Adams loading a magazine into the pistol, pulling back the gun’s slide to load a live round into the firing chamber and placing the gun to the side of Cereceres’ head before pulling the trigger.

Judge William Marshall set the trial for June 18 and a pretrial hearing for May 13 at 9:45 a.m. But Adams’ attorney, David Terry, said there could be a settlement before that.

“I think that’s highly likely. Walker has acknowledged, in many more ways than one, accepting responsibility for Josman Cereceres’ death,” Terry said. “It is Walker’s desire to resolve this case and accept responsibility and arrive at a negotiated plea agreement.”

If convicted of first-degree manslaughter, a Measure 11 crime, Adams would face a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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Dan Bain is the health reporter for The News-Review. He previously worked at KPIC and 541 Radio.

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Youth, alcohol, and firearms= disaster. Two lives destroyed. Just awful!

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