Mass. teen pleads not guilty in friend’s death

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An 18-year-old Worcester teen has been ordered held on $75,000 bail after pleading not guilty to manslaughter in the death of a friend.

The Telegram & Gazette reports ( Karega Adolphe was arrested Thursday in the shooting pf 18-year-old Joseph Safo-Agyare.

Prosecutor Timothy Westerman said the two young men and an unidentified female were in a bedroom at Adolphe’s home last Saturday when Adolphe unloaded a gun. Westerman said Adolphe pointed it at the female, then pointed it at Safo-Agyare and pulled the trigger.

Defense lawyer Peter Ettenberg said it a terrible accident. He said Adolphe’s family tried to drive the wounded teen to a hospital as Adolphe tried to stop his bleeding with a towel. Safo-Agyare died at the hospital.

The young men were both about to graduate from high school.

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