Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, November 13 2012 at 4:59 PM, Updated: Tue, November 13 2012 at 5:12 PM
A 'Not Guilty' plea is entered on behalf of a Klamath Falls teen charged with manslaughter...
15 year old Carson McDowell is accused of firing the shot that killed his friend, 15 year old Mason Tucker.
McDowell is also the only person who knows exactly what happened.
"We know that the two boys were home alone together." Notes Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster. "And the only two that really know what happened are the two that were there."
The shooting happened at Tucker's home south of Keno on the 4th of this month.
While an autopsy showed that Mason Tucker died of a gunshot wound to the face, prosecutor Forster isn't saying what kind of weapon was used...
"I will tell you that we have seized a weapon, it is at the crime lab."
Henley High School student Robert Curran was one of several friends of the victim and the defendant who were in court for the arraignment...
"Mason was a good kid." Said Curran. "He was very nice. Was always respectful. If you asked for the shirt off his back, he'd give it to you."
The situation has hit students from Henley High School hard. While they're curious as to what led to the shooting, they're also reserving judgement...
"I'm not sure what to think." Adds Henley student Devin Zimmer. "Carson was a good kid, didn't seem violent. I wasn't there, so I don't really have the right to say."
While prosecutors aren't saying what happened, they claim the shooting was not accidental.
Carson McDowell's next court appearance is scheduled for Monday the 19th.
Prosecutors say that police reports on the case have not yet been completed...Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster says it could be a while until those reports are available, even to the District Attorney's office.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.