On Friday 17 December Joshua G. Spellman of Amboy appeared in Clark County Superior Courtroom accused of second-degree homicide (thanks, The Columbian). The 36-year-old Spellman allegedly shot and killed 34-year-old Andrew Dickson, his good friend of 26 years, following a heated argument about an incident in a recreation of Diablo II that the pair have been enjoying.
In an interview with detectives, Spellman mentioned he, Dickson and a 3rd man have been enjoying Diablo II. Each Spellman and Dickson have been enjoying the sport from separate locations on the identical property, speaking by way of headset.
Dickson apparently turned upset when a random participant entered the sport and ‘stole’ a precious piece of loot that the social gathering hadn’t collected. The sport ought to have been password protected however wasn’t, and the affidavit says Spellman instructed detectives that Dickson started “yelling, name-calling and cursing at him.”
Spellman mentioned Dickson’s rant went on for 3 to 5 minutes, and he instructed Dickson he wanted to relax or he was going to get shot. Spellman took his gun from beside his pc and went to the principle home on the property (each he and Dickson lived in smaller homes on the identical land). Per the affidavit: “I requested him why his pistol was subsequent [to] the pc. [Spellman] replied, ‘Why not? That is America.'”
Whereas strolling between the homes, Spellman fired the gun into the air, earlier than coming into the principle home. He apparently spoke to his father inside the home earlier than Dickson additionally entered, and verbally remonstrated with Spellman in regards to the earlier menace to shoot him. Per the affidavit, Dickson “closed the gap” between the pair, and Spellman shot him.
Dickson was shot within the torso and was taken to hospital, the place he underwent surgical procedure however died from his accidents.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic requested Spellman be held on $2 million bail, arguing “a seemingly minor incident resulted in somebody being shot and killed.” Choose Snider set Spellman’s bail at $750,000. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 29.