Twenty year old Chad Pratt returned home from a tour in Afghanistan for the holidays and attended a party to reconnect with old friends. A party with underage kids and alcohol turned deadly when a loaded weapon was accidentally discharged killing 20 year old Ciara Hardin.
Spokane Police Sergeant Mark Griffiths “At this point it looks like it was just some friends gathered at a house and there was a gun and people were drinking and then the gun was accidentally discharged and she was shot”.
Defense Attorney Rob Cossey said that Pratt is grief stricken and wishes he could change places with his friend Ciara.
“We are very impressed with this young man. He has done everything we have asked him as far as a society, protecting and serving his country. He is devastated by this. He has a great family support system. He is one of the nicest young men I have ever represented”.
Pratt has been released on a $15,000 bond on the condition of no weapons or alcohol.