Teen faces trial over friend's death

Last updated 09:55 24/07/2013

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A South Auckland teenager who allegedly shot and killed his friend with an airgun has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial next year.

Zhivargo Edward Blake Williams, 18, is charged with manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm. He appeared at the High Court in Auckland today where Justice Timothy Brewer set a trial date of May 19, 2014.

Williams was bailed to a Huntly address.

Shaun Townsley, 18, of Takanini, died after being hit in the heart with a pellet from a high-powered air rifle on January 12.

Justice Brewer said the Crown case was that Williams went outside after a night of drinking and took shots at a tree stump with the gun.

Townsley was in the backyard urinating and somehow he was shot. He died at Middlemore Hospital the next morning.

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