Originally created 02/12/99

Police will question friends of slain boy



Police plan to give lie detector tests to two teens who witnessed a 15-year-old boy accidentally kill himself.

The victim, whom a local funeral home identified as Marcus Alan Vinson, was with two of his friends at a Swainsboro, Ga., home Wednesday morning when they were playing Russian roulette with a loaded .38-caliber revolver.

Swainsboro Police Chief Johnny Shuman said the teen did not mean to kill himself. All evidence suggests that the fatal wound to his head was self-inflicted, and the two other boys at the house at the time of the shooting have come forward. Chief Shuman said they will be given polygraph tests to corroborate details.

Police were called to a house on the 500 block of Jerome Street when the boy was found. He was declared dead a short time later at Emanuel County Medical Center.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is tracking where the revolver came from.

The woman who rented the house on Jerome Street doesn't live there anymore, but her 19-year-old son does, Chief Shuman said. He wasn't home at the time, but several teens have access to the house, and it has been a known hangout.

The house was in disarray, the chief said, with no running water or electricity.