WEST PARK, Fla. – A judge raised the bond of a man who deputies say shot his friend during a drug binge in West Park.
Judge Arlene Backman increased Travis Lee's bond to $310,000 Saturday morning during his first appearance. Lee was arrested Friday and charged with manslaughter and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said Lee was on a three-day "flakka" and "Molly" binge when he shot and killed his friend, Richard Andrews Friday in West Park.
Deputies said Lee, 31, who is a known drug dealer, met up about 5 a.m. and continued taking Molly and drinking vodka. They said the men then sold heroin throughout the morning before going to Andrews' sister's home in the Carver Ranches neighborhood.
According to detectives, Andrews was working on his white Buick, which was parked in the driveway of his sister's home, when Lee went to put his loaded shotgun into the trunk to conceal it from a passerby.
Deputies said the gun discharged as Lee was trying to unload it.
"At the moment the shotgun discharged, it struck his friend in the face," BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said.
Deputies said Lee has a criminal history, "including charges of grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of various illegal substances and several probation violations."
Deputies said both men were armed at the time of the shooting.
"The suspect in the case has a history of criminal arrests. He is a felon, (so) just the possession of a fire arm will result in a charge," said Carter.