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March 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Man's roommate claims mercy killing: 'like you would a deer'

The Associated Press

A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of killing his roommate told police it was a mercy killing. Mathew Starr, 19, is being  held in Clark County on suspicion of murder and robbery charges in the death of 25-year-old Joshua Schenk.

Schenk’s body was found March 2 near Vancouver Lake.  The Columbian reports Starr told police he was target shooting with Schenk and two others on Feb. 29 when Starr stumbled and accidentally fired his rifle into Schenk’s head.

Starr said he felt Schenk was suffering so he put another bullet into his head “like you would a deer” to put him out of his misery.

Prosecutors say the killing was premeditated and that Starr took $300 from Schenk’s wallet and left the body.

 

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