MN: Manslaughter conviction reversed in hunter case
August 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has
reversed the manslaughter conviction of a man accused of pulling
down a deer stand while another man was in it.
panel ruled the trial court should have acquitted Kevin McCormick.
A dispute arose in 2010 when the Breezy Point man spotted a
deer stand he believed was on his property. The stand fell during
the dispute. Jerry Benedict was in it, and died of multiple injuries
over two weeks later.
McCormick argued the stand toppled by
accident, and that other evidence showed Benedict likely suffered
his fatal injuries later that day, in a fall from a second stand.
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