Hallucinogenic mushrooms played a role in the Putnam shooting, police say
By BRIDGET MURPHY, The Times-Union
A Putnam County teenager faces a murder charge after authorities said he killed his 17-year-old best friend with a single shotgun blast after the two apparently ate hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Deputies arrested high school senior Charles Wesley Goddard, 16, on a second-degree murder charge Wednesday after an investigation into a Sept. 15 shooting at the victim's home.
It left Edward Justice Finney Nock with injuries to his head, back and shoulder, authorities said. The teen died a day later.
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Deputies arrived at Nock's Hardrow Street home in Satsuma after a 911 caller reported hearing a disturbance involving gunfire. They found Nock on his bed and his friend in the living room. They seized two guns from the residence, which was in disarray, authorities said.
Rescuers took Nock to the hospital by helicopter, and deputies had to use a Taser to stun Goddard after he beat his head on the inside of a police cruiser and tried to kick out its windows.
Authorities arrested Goddard after the medical examiner determined Nock's death was a homicide.
"You've got two lives destroyed totally," Sheriff's Office Maj. Keith Riddick said Thursday, adding that the families of both the victim and suspect were cooperating in the investigation. "... You've got a boy who's got to deal with the fact he killed his best friend."