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3 Indiana men charged in death of pal

trying out 'bulletproof' vest

 

February 13, 2005

 

Daniel Wright was going to join the military, and he wanted some experience.

 

So the 20-year-old went to a field in Hobart, donned what he thought was a bulletproof vest and turned to his friends with instructions.

 

"Shoot me. I'm ready," Wright said.

 

Later, his friends concocted a story about a shooting on a Gary street, police said.

 

One day later, police had uncovered the lie, and detectives detailed a deadly game gone wrong.

 

"He voluntarily put on the vest because he wanted to experience what a .20-gauge shotgun would do," Hobart, Ind., police Lt. Leo Finnerty said Friday.

 

The experience left Wright mortally wounded at the hand of a friend, not, as his companions originally reported, murdered by a stranger outside a Gary liquor store.

 

Now, three Hobart men have been charged in connection with Wright's shooting death.

 

Finnerty said the trio made up the story after Wright, 20, of Crown Point, was fatally shot before dawn Thursday during a bizarre test of what he thought was a bulletproof vest. It turned out to be a flak jacket, which Finnerty said is not designed to stop a bullet.

 

Robert Lee Stottlemire, 20, of Hobart, was charged with reckless homicide. Two other Hobart men, Brock Bieker, 19, and Michael J. Searle, 18, are charged with concealing the homicide.

 

Bieker and Searle are also charged with giving Gary police false information, a misdemeanor.

 

Story fell apart, cop says

 

Here is what police say happened: Wright, 20, and his friends drove to a soggy farm field about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, where he put on the flak jacket and urged a friend to shoot. The shotgun came from the house Bieker shares with his parents.

 

Stottlemire put one shell into the shotgun and fired it into the ground. He loaded another round.

 

Walking three to six feet away from Wright, Stottlemire fired again, striking Wright in the chest.

 

The Lake County coroner's office said the plastic cartridge fired from the shotgun pierced his chest and some of the shotgun pellets ripped into his heart.

 

After helping put Wright in the car, Stottlemire ran off. Bieker and Searle drove Wright to St. Mary Medical Center.

 

There, they told a Hobart police officer Wright was shot near 41st Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

 

But Gary Police Detective Thomas Decanter said the story started to fall apart as soon as he began questioning the pair.

 

Stottlemire and Searle are in police custody. Bieker is still at large.

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Those two morons could of gotten away with a story like that in Gary ,Ind if they would have just kept quiet! That would have ended up as a "Cold Case File" , if you've ever been to Gary Indiana , you'll know why I say this!

 

If you ever have to travel through Gary make sure you gas up before you drive through , especially if your travelling at night and dont the leave the freeway for any reason , if you do , you'll soon see why poeple take detours to avoid Gary!

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How stupid can you be. Although with the way kids are nowadays nothing suprises me. Maybe they should be testing more of these things(flak jackets) on the dumb a-holes...
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Oh yeah, he's gonna get a posthumous award, and rightfully so.

Hey, any trip into a hayfield at 2:30 in the morning that includes 19 and 20 year old kids with shotguns is a recipe for stupid human tricks.

I only say this because I never got pie eyed and played with guns...ever... I mean it... anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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3 Indiana men charged in death of pal

trying out 'bulletproof' vest

 

February 13, 2005

 

Daniel Wright was going to join the military, and he wanted some experience.

 

So the 20-year-old went to a field in Hobart, donned what he thought was a bulletproof vest and turned to his friends with instructions.

 

"Shoot me. I'm ready," Wright said.

 

Later, his friends concocted a story about a shooting on a Gary street, police said.

 

One day later, police had uncovered the lie, and detectives detailed a deadly game gone wrong.

 

"He voluntarily put on the vest because he wanted to experience what a .20-gauge shotgun would do," Hobart, Ind., police Lt. Leo Finnerty said Friday.

 

The experience left Wright mortally wounded at the hand of a friend, not, as his companions originally reported, murdered by a stranger outside a Gary liquor store.

 

Now, three Hobart men have been charged in connection with Wright's shooting death.

 

Finnerty said the trio made up the story after Wright, 20, of Crown Point, was fatally shot before dawn Thursday during a bizarre test of what he thought was a bulletproof vest. It turned out to be a flak jacket, which Finnerty said is not designed to stop a bullet.

 

Robert Lee Stottlemire, 20, of Hobart, was charged with reckless homicide. Two other Hobart men, Brock Bieker, 19, and Michael J. Searle, 18, are charged with concealing the homicide.

 

Bieker and Searle are also charged with giving Gary police false information, a misdemeanor.

 

Story fell apart, cop says

 

Here is what police say happened: Wright, 20, and his friends drove to a soggy farm field about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, where he put on the flak jacket and urged a friend to shoot. The shotgun came from the house Bieker shares with his parents.

 

Stottlemire put one shell into the shotgun and fired it into the ground. He loaded another round.

 

Walking three to six feet away from Wright, Stottlemire fired again, striking Wright in the chest.

 

The Lake County coroner's office said the plastic cartridge fired from the shotgun pierced his chest and some of the shotgun pellets ripped into his heart.

 

After helping put Wright in the car, Stottlemire ran off. Bieker and Searle drove Wright to St. Mary Medical Center.

 

There, they told a Hobart police officer Wright was shot near 41st Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

 

But Gary Police Detective Thomas Decanter said the story started to fall apart as soon as he began questioning the pair.

 

Stottlemire and Searle are in police custody. Bieker is still at large.

...................................... :banghead:

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What about the kids in Denver who drug the propane tank from out back of the house to wiff it?  One of the dumbshits thought they needed a smoke after the good high and leveled the house and most got their arms and legs blown off and couple died! :banghead:
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