Jackson County prosecutors charged Luke R. Malcolm with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Brady Lowery.
Malcolm, 23, told police that he accidentally shot Lowery, 23, at 1312 Southeast Austin in Oak Grove on January 22.
Court records say police found Malcolm on his knees, crying over Lowery's body.
"It was an accident," Malcolm told police. "I was putting my gun away. I did not mean to shoot him."
Court records say that Malcolm, Lowery and others were smoking marijuana and hanging out in a bedroom at the home. Malcolm had hidden his gun under the mattress of the bed to keep it away from children in the home. Malcolm told police that he grabbed the gun from under a mattress and went to put it in his back pocket, swung around and the gun went off, hitting Lowery.
Then there are witness accounts, which tell a different story.
Several witnesses told police that Lowery was teasing Malcolm about not
being able to open a door. One witness told police that Malcolm put his
finger to Lowery's head in the shape of a gun. Lowery jokingly told
him, "Do it" or "I dare you." Then Malcolm took out his gun and pointed
it at Lowery, who again jokingly goaded him to shoot him. Witnesses
said Malcolm shot Lowery.
Malcolm then held Lowery's head, trying to stop the bleeding.
Lowery was pronounced dead at the hospital.
In later interviews, Malcolm denied pointing the gun at Lowery. He told
police that he pointed the gun past Lowery and said "here have it" and
the gun went off. Malcolm told police that he didn't intend to shoot
Prosecutors also charged Malcolm with armed criminal action.