Hiccup Cure Leads to Shooting
Hiccups are annoyingly hard to to get rid of. An Army solider was just hoping to scare them out of a friend when his plan went horribly wrong. What was supposed to be a remedy has now led to charges of manslaughter.
Pfc. Patrick Edward Myers was watching football and drinking with two friends on Sunday night at a home in Killeen, Texas when 22-year old Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young came down with a case of the hiccups. Myers reportedly attempted to scare the ailment out of Young by pointing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Young was struck in the eye, and died while en route to the hospital.
Myers, a soldier at Ft. Hood, claims he thought the gun was filled with dummy rounds. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is now in a Bell County, Texas jail. A bail bond has been set for $1 million dollar. He faces 20 years in prison.
The victim, Pfc. Isaac Lawrence Young, entered active duty in May 2011 as a motor transport operator. He had been assigned to Ft. Hood since September 2012.