Wichita teen in federal court for swatting case that turned deadly

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It was more than eight months ago when Wichita police shot and killed Andrew Finch. 

Shane Gaskill, 19, of Wichita, was in federal court Wednesday, and he is facing new charges. He is one of the gamers investigators say dared the caller in the deadly swatting case that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch. 

The charges include an additional count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements during the course of an investigation. 

Gaskill pleaded not guilty to a federal judge Wednesday. 

Going in and coming out of court Shane Gaskill was silent, saying nothing with his attorney and his father at his side. At one point his attorney said they have no comment. 

Gaskill is accused of getting into an online gaming fight that led to an argument. 

An argument that prosecutors say was between Gaskill and Ohio resident Casey Viner. 

Viner and Gaskill both were already charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and wire fraud. 

Viner and Gaskill’s argument, prosecutors say, escalated to the point where Tyler Barriss, a man who investigators say bragged about swatting, got involved.

Barriss is also charged in federal court and now Barriss is facing charges in local courts, including involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss also faces charges of making a hoax phone call to emergency services in the deadly swatting call, and wire fraud and conspiracy.

The additional charges for Gaskill today, are all in federal court and a trial date is expected to be September 4.
 

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