Man accused of fatally shooting friend while on mushrooms

BILLINGS (AP) — Montana authorities say a Billings man shot and killed a friend and wounded himself with a military-style AR-15 carbine while they were tripping on mushrooms last fall.

The Billings Gazette reports that 30-year-old William Eugene Kenney pleaded not guilty on Friday to negligent homicide with a weapons enhancement. He’s accused of killing 25-year-old John Smathers.

The charging documents say Kenney told a detective that he and his friend “got kinda crazy” and thought they were dying after getting high on psilocybin mushrooms on Nov. 21.

The documents say Kenney shot Smathers with an AR-15, then shot himself and passed out.

An autopsy showed Smathers died of a single gunshot wound to the back of the head. Kenney had a gunshot wound to his chin.

He is in jail on a $50,000 bond.