UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Rockford man is avoiding prison time, but will spend some time in jail for shooting and killing his best friend.
20-year-old Philip Futrell will serve 90 days in jail with work release with the maximum probation of 30 months to follow. Futrell pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his friend Joshua Williams.
He says he did not know the gun was loaded when he and Williams were playing around with the gun. The judge says he wants Futrell to serve time because he failed to report several times leading up to today’s sentencing.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his friend.
20-year-old Philip Futrell signed a plea deal on involuntary manslaughter charges to shooting 19-year-old Joshua Williams in the face last year. He faces up to five years in prison or could be eligible for probation.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Witnesses take the stand for the first time in the trial of the accidental shooting death of a Rockford teenager.
20-year-old Philip Futrell faces involuntary manslaughter charges for the shooting death of 19-year-old Joshua Williams. Witnesses talked this morning about watching the two play around with an unloaded shotgun and it was never a hostile environment. One witness says he watched Williams load the gun with Futrell out of the room before the two continued playing with the gun and Futrell shot Williams in the face.
“Phil pulled the trigger and after that all I remember was a big puff of smoke and Josh falling to the ground and after that, we got up and left,” said witness Zachary Harrison.
The three witnesses all say that after the gun went off and they walked outside, Futrell told them that they “were never here.”
The trial continues November 17th.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford teenager arrested for killing his friend says he's not guilty.
Philip Futrell,19, is accused of shooting Joshua Williams, 19, to death. Winnebago County Sheriff's deputies found Williams' body inside a home on DeAnna Drive in North Rockford back in June.
Investigators say the two were with several friends when a shot gun went off, hitting Williams in the head.
Futrell has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Philip Futrell, 19, has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. The victim and suspect were at Futrell's home in the 1000 block of DeAnna Drive with several other people when the shotgun was discharged.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department says a shotgun was recovered at the scene. The charge against Futrell was authorized after review with the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office. Futrell has been lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
Winnebago County Sheriff's Deputies say they found Joshua Williams dead around 1:30 a.m. in a home just outside Machesney Park in the 1100 block of Deanna Drive.
The victim did not live at that home. According to the coroner's office, Williams was with some people when a gun went off. The Sheriff's Department has taken one man into custody who returned to the house early this morning.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 19 year old male who was found dead inside a home in the 1100 block of Deanna Drive from an apparent shot gun wound.
Police were called to the home just after 1:30 Tuesday morning.The victim was not a resident of the home, however when deputies arrived at the scene there was no one else inside.
A man later returned to the residence and he was taken into custody.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting. At this point, no charges have been filed.