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HUNTER CHARGED IN COMPANION'S SHOOTING DEATH

KMGH, CO

Wisconsin Hunter Thought He Was Firing At Bull Elk

January 8, 2004

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Wisconsin hunter has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of a friend he mistook for an elk.

The district attorney filed charges Wednesday against Douglas Jones, 44, in the Sept. 20 death of Gerald Holverson. Both were from South Wayne, Wis.

Holverson, 44, was with a group of six hunters from Wisconsin and Indiana in southern Routt County when he was shot below the right shoulder with a back-powder muzzleoader.

In October, the coroner ruled Holverson's death a homicide after talking to witnesses and investigators.

Authorities said Holverson, who was hunting with a bow, was wearing an orange hat. State law doesn't require bow hunters to wear orange clothing, which is supposed to make hunters more visible to other hunters.

Investigators said a summons will be issued for Jones to appear in Routt County court. If convicted, he could receive probation or from one to three years in prison.

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