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River Falls man pleads no contest in killing friend last June

HUDSON - A River Falls man has pleaded no contest to shooting a friend to death in June of last year.

27-year-old Anthony Velure struck a plea deal, and he was convicted on a Saint Croix County charge of homicide by a dangerous weapon or explosive. A sentencing date has not been set.

Velure was accused of shooting 24-year-old Joshua Kurer at the victim's apartment in River Falls. According to officials, Velure thought that a small-caliber Taurus Judge handgun was unleaded when he pointed it at Kurer while the two talked about going out. When Velure pulled the trigger for a second time, it fired - and it wounded Kurer in the chest.

Police said the two served in the military together, and Velure told investigators they had pointed unleaded guns at each other and pulled the triggers at least a half-dozen times before.