Vt Teenager Jailed Following Shooting Death of Friend

William Bailey pled not guilty to a manslaughter charge police say stemmed from a night of horseplay

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A Vermont teenager is dead and his friend is in jail, following what the suspect described to investigators as a night of horseplay gone tragically wrong.

William Bailey, 19, of Poultney, pled not guilty Monday in court in Rutland to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Police said Bailey had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana while hanging out with a group of friends this weekend, when they started playing with a handgun inside a car.

The night ended with 19-year-old Daniel Hein dead from a gunshot to the head, police said.

The suspect told investigators none of the young men knew the gun was loaded, and that Hein even dared Bailey to pull the trigger to see what would happen.

Bailey is being held on $50,000 bail. 

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