FAIRBANKS (AP) A grand jury indicted a North Pole man on a charge of manslaughter this week in connection with the fatal shooting last year of his roommate.
Wally Lund, 20, of North Pole is accused of recklessly causing the death of Chancy Gay, 18, last July, court records said.
Gay, 18, was Lund's roommate and a co-worker at a Taco Bell restaurant in Fairbanks.
Invesigators said Lund didn't appear to have intentionally caused his friend's death, which was caused by a .44-caliber Magnum revolver.
''But it fits the bill for manslaughter. Reckless is an appropriate word,'' said John Williams of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
He said drugs or other substances were not important factors in the indictment.
The shooting allegedly happened after Gay and Lund finished their shift at Taco Bell and were driven home by Gay's father, Marc Gay, in the early morning.
Gay died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital from severe bleeding about seven hours after the shooting and before investigators could interview him.
A secondary investigation involving the gun is still under way because it was traced as stolen during a burglary, Williamson said. Lund was indicted on an additional charge of second-degree theft for possession of the stolen firearm, but is not burglary suspect, Williamson said.
Tricia Hardt, Gay's mother, declined to comment pending a civil lawsuit involving Gay's father. Attempts by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to contact Wally Lund and Marc Gay were unsuccessful.
Lund has been ordered to appear in court on July 19.
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