BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man whose friend died after he was pushed into the Charles River says the death was a prank gone horribly wrong.
Lenny Quintero-Flores, of Malden, was held on $25,000 bail Wednesday after pleading not guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of 26-year-old Mitchell Harrison, of Watertown.
Police say the men were drinking on a Boston dock Tuesday when Harrison, either sleeping or passed out, was pushed into the water. Quintero-Flores told police he was unaware Harrison was unconscious.
Harrison was underwater for 10 and 30 minutes. He later died at the hospital.
The 27-year-old Quintero-Flores said outside court that Harrison was his best friend and he was “just playing around.”
Quintero-Flores’ public defender, M. Barusch, says there was no argument between the men before Harrison’s death.
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