Criminal charges are often not filed hunting accidents, but what if the people involved were not so much hunting as poaching? Should that make a difference?
From The Oklahoman:
_John A Morgan, 44, was shot and killed by Jack Zearley, 69, while they were hunting deer. . .
_[Sheriff Israel] Beauchamp said while the Saturday shooting appears to have been accidental, the two Hartshorne men were hunting illegally when Zearley fired a high-powered rifle at a deer that was between the two men. The shot struck Morgan. . . .
Because the accident involved a high-powered rifle [during an archery- and muzzleloader-only season], the men weren’t wearing hunter orange safety clothing and neither man had a hunting license, the incident could result in criminal charges once the information is presented to the district attorney, he said.
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