An airman accused of killing one of his best friends during a game of dare will face a court-martial next week at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
Airman 1st Class Corey Hernandez, voice network apprentice with the 55th Communications Squadron, is charged with the Dec. 10 death of Senior Airman Michael Garcia. The trial begins July 19 and is expected to last five days.
The airmen, according to officials, were playing “Trust” when the shooting occurred at Garcia’s off-base apartment. In the game, one player aims a gun at another and pulls the trigger. The target “trusts” the shooter to unload the weapon before they play.
Hernandez, then 21, pulled the trigger of the .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and the pistol fired, police said, hitting the Garcia, 23, in the head.
Hernandez's lawyer, James Martin Davis, has called the shooting an accident. The airmen played the game often and took turns as the shooter, he told Air Force Times in December.