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Arnold man asked roommate if he trusted him before fatal shooting

2013-07-30T15:30:00Z 2014-08-06T16:13:25Z Arnold man asked roommate if he trusted him before fatal shootingBy Leah Thorsen lthorsen@post-dispatch.com 636-937-6249 stltoday.com

JEFFERSON COUNTY • An Arnold man pointed a gun at his roommate, asked if he trusted him, then fired a fatal shot into his torso, according to court documents.

Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Keith Wildharber, of the 3200 block of Richardson Place Drive, with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Matthew Knight.

The men were drinking with two other people about 10:45 p.m. Monday in their apartment when Wildharber pulled a Ruger 9mm pistol from his waistband, according to a probable cause statement.

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Wildharber, 21, partially removed the magazine and ejected ammunition from the chamber, then reinserted the magazine and pointed the pistol at Knight.

Wildharber asked Knight if he trusted him, after which Wildharber pulled the trigger, hitting Knight once in the torso, court documents say.

Knight was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

Authorities found more guns in Wildharber’s bedroom, as well as a “glass smoking device” with what is believed to be burnt marijuana inside and a tobacco shredder that also contained marijuana, court documents say.

Bail was set at $10,000.

The charge against Wildharber comes a little more than a month after a 20-year-old Festus woman was also charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly unintentionally shooting her boyfriend to death.

Makenzie Halinski, 20, allegedly shot Cole Campbell, 20, in the head with a gun she believed wasn’t loaded on June 24 after drinking and smoking marijuana at his Festus home.

She said Campbell told her to point the gun toward him and said “shoot me,” court documents say. Halinski said she did because she thought the gun wouldn’t fire.

Leah Thorsen covers Jefferson and south St. Louis counties. Follow her on Twitter.

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