Justin Shaun Greene's assertion that a man shot himself while "acting like Superman" at the Columbus Inn gave way when detectives discovered evidence of the pair's Russian Roulette game, according to court testimony.
Greene, 24, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime after police responded to a bloody scene at the 3170 Victory Drive motel early Friday morning. He faced those charges during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
The 24-year-old victim was slumped over the tub and still bleeding from a traumatic gunshot wound to the head when police arrived at about 1:30 a.m. Throughout the room, police found scattered evidence of drug use, including syringes and smoking implements, an officer told the court.
While EMS workers rushed the victim to Midtown Medical Center, police detained Greene, who was wanted for contempt of court related to a no state driver's license charge.
Greene initially told officers the victim shot himself in a mortality-defying stunt while in the bathroom. But his story changed after occupants of nearby rooms described the two arguing loudly outside the room throughout the evening.
The evening began, the officer said, with a game of Russian Roulette. Greene told police the two smoked meth, put several rounds into the chamber of a gun, and began to take their turns. At one point, the victim removed one of the bullets to make the game "safer."
But the precaution was not enough for Greene, who told police he started to back out of the game. Standing fully-clothed in the shower, the victim egged him on. At that point, Greene fired a shot which has left the victim fully paralyzed in the Intensive Care Unit, police say.
Greene at first denied, then later admitted to possession of the gun when the shot was fired, the officer said.
It was not the first time the two were accused of playing with the weapon. Greene and the victim changed rooms once during their two- to three-day stay after the victim injured his hand while playing with the gun, the officer told the court.
Police also found a knife laying in the tub next to the victim, which witnesses say the victim was seen handling days before in a vehicle.
Due to the gravity of the victim's injuries, Judge Michael Cielinski set Greene's aggravated assault bond at $100,000. A bond of $10,000 was set for his remaining charge.