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October 31, 2014

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Man who says shooting was accident pleads not guilty to murder

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Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Colin Lowrey appears in Henderson Justice Court for the accidental killing of a friend Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

A 22-year-old Army reservist who reportedly told police he thought a gun was unloaded when he shot a woman in the head at his home pleaded not guilty to murder today in Clark County District Court.

A trial date was set for Feb. 18 for Colin Lowery, who is on house arrest.

The shooting was reported about 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at a house in the 700 block of Taliput Palm Place, near Sunset and Gibson roads in Henderson.

Lowrey had taken out the handgun to disassemble and clean it at the request of a woman from Norway during a video chat on omegle.com, according to a Henderson Police arrest report.

He said he stepped away to go to the bathroom and when he returned, the victim, Cherish Noelle Pincombe, 23, asked him to point the weapon at her head, according to the report.

Lowrey pulled the trigger and the gun fired, killing Pincombe, police said.

Lowrey called 911 to report an accidental shooting and attempted CPR on Pincombe, police said.

Lowrey told police he believes Pincombe loaded the gun when he left the room, according to the report.

Lowrey’s attorney Stephen Stein said other people reported that Pincombe had been acting strangely and saying things such as, “If I happen to die, would you miss me?”

According to the police report, Lowrey was charged with murder because he was proficient with guns and had training on how to safely handle a gun but still pointed it at Pincombe’s head.

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