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Police arrest man in friend's death, say shooting wasn't Russian roulette

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who contended that his friend had shot himself during a game of Russian roulette was arrested Thursday on a manslaughter charge.

Donnie McLendon, 26, died Wednesday at Tampa General Hospital after he was shot in the head Saturday night at a St. Petersburg home.

Thomas Wane Rady, 29, and David McKee, 22, initially told police that they had been drinking and smoking marijuana with McLendon when an armed man ran into the home and shot McLendon in a botched robbery. Later, the pair changed their story to say that they had been playing Russian roulette and that during McLendon's turn, the gun went off, police said.

After McLendon died, an autopsy revealed inconsistencies in the story the pair told, police said. Police think Rady was holding a gun when he accidentally fired a shot, hitting McLendon.

Rady turned himself in Thursday night at the Pinellas County Jail.

Police arrest man in friend's death, say shooting wasn't Russian roulette 10/11/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 12, 2012 5:40pm]
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