Not guilty plea in fatal shooting at Redmond party

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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- A man accused of fatally shooting a woman through a wall at a Redmond party pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle to a manslaughter charge.

Police and King County prosecutors say 21-year-old Cornelius De Jong IV of Redmond had been drinking and handling the gun Feb. 12 when he pointed it at the wall and pulled the trigger. He intended to show that the .40-caliber handgun was empty, but there was a round in the chamber. It killed 20-year-old Claire Thompson of Seattle on the other side of the wall.

KOMO reports (http://is.gd/KjBuyb ) De Jong is held on $300,000 bail.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/