MO: hunting death near Granby
October 19, 2009
Newton County examines hunting death near Granby
- Newton County authorities are now investigating an apparent hunting
accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old rural Granby man on late
Sheriff Ken Copeland said officers were summoned to property near 6646
Raven Road, northeast of Granby, at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday. There, they
found Steven R. Cox, 19, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Copeland said Cox, a friend and Cox's brother-in-law, had allegedly been
out poaching for deer on the property when Cox separated from the other two.
At some point, according to what Cox's companions told officers, Cox's
friend heard a noise that he took for a deer and fired in that direction.
The bullet ended up striking Cox, Copeland said.
The sheriff said officers were re-interviewing the two men this morning.
Copeland said it apparently was "not unusual for them" to go out at night on
the property and poach for deer.
Copeland did say the results of the investigation would be forwarded to
the Newton County prosecutor's office for review, although he said he could
not comment on whether and what charges his department would seek.
An autopsy of Cox's body is scheduled for Tuesday.
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