A Navy man accused of loading a weapon and shooting a fellow sailor as the two played video games at the defendant's San Carlos apartment pleaded not guilty today to murder and weapons charges.
Clinton Echols, 25, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail in connection with the death Wednesday afternoon of 20-year-old Luis Urbina.
Both men were not from San Diego and were stationed aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, said Deputy District Attorney James Simmons.
The prosecutor told Judge David Szumowski that the victim and the defendant were playing the video game "Gears of War" when Echols pulled out three handguns, loaded one of them and shot Urbina in the chest.
The defendant failed to provide medical assistance and waited more than an hour before calling 911, the prosecutor alleged.
When he did call authorities, Echols reported that he accidentally shot his friend, but it was too late to save him, Simmons said.
"It appears that criminal liability was present," the prosecutor said outside court.
Szumowski scheduled a bail review for next Wednesday and a preliminary hearing for June 2.
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