SOUTH BEND, Ind. A charge of felony murder was filed Monday against 22-year-old Jacob Saye in the shooting death of a 21-year-old Mishawaka man early Sunday in South Bend.
Investigators say 21-year-old Christopher White of Mishawaka was found dead on the basement floor of a home on the 1800-block of Pulaski St, near W Calvert St, shortly before 1:30 Sunday morning.
Charging documents released by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office reveal that Saye admitted to investigators that he was playing a popular drinking game called beer pong with White the night of the shooting.
Saye suggested to White that the winner of the game be able to use a semi-automatic handgun in a game of “Russian Roulette” against the other person.
“Saye further admitted to investigators that at the conclusion of the game he placed a handgun against Christopher White’s temple and pulled the trigger,” the charging documents said.
An autopsy revealed that White died of a single gunshot wound to the head and the cause of death was a homicide. The forensic pathologist found that based on the nature of the entrance wound, the weapon was in contact with the skull at the time it was fired.
Saye was ordered to be held without bond and is in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail.
Investigators talked to several witnesses who said that Saye brought the 9 millimeter handgun to the residence. Witnesses also say they heard a shot and saw White fall to the ground.
Police tell NewsCenter 16 that the victim was a guest staying at the house, not a resident. Police added that at least three other individuals were inside the house when the shooting occurred.
St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation.
Neighbors told NewsCenter 16 that a young man and woman live in the single-story home. For the past night or so, neighbors recalled hearing music and what sounded like drums coming from the house.
The woman who lives next door, said her granddaughter woke her up because she heard something going on outside. When the woman went to take a look, she saw police cars and flashing lights.
Other neighbors said they didn't hear any gunshots, however they did hear dogs from other houses barking. Those living in the area said it is a safe block and they haven't had anything like this happen. They were shocked to see all the police.