Virginia

Police: Game of Russian roulette killed SW Virginia teen

Calvin Powers charged with second-degree murder

Charges were filed Monday in Tazewell County, Virginia related to a shooting last week that police said was a game of Russian roulette.

A report from Tazewell County Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Dennis said Calvin Dawayne Powers, 28, of Bluefield, Virginia, was charged with one count of aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Evidence from police said that on January 5, Powers had asked Tyler Buchanan, 16, to play a game of Russian roulette and Buchanan refused.

Powers told police that he then unloaded a revolver, put one round in the chamber, spun the cylinder and put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger with no shot fired.

Powers confessed that he then spun the cylinder again, put the gun to the back of the teenager's head and pulled the trigger, resulting in the fatal wound.

Buchanan died a day later in a local hospital, the report said.

Dennis said that an autopsy was being conducted in Roanoke on Buchanan's body and more charges could be forthcoming.


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