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FATHER WHO KILLED SON CHARGED

15 January 2004

A father who accidentally shot his teenage son on a deer hunt is to appear in court Tuesday to be arraigned on two misdemeanor counts related to the killing.

Fourteen-year-old Brad Galloway died last month when his father shot him while hunting, mistaking the teenager for a buck on a hillside. Prosecutor Tommy Smith filed two misdemeanor charges against 47-year-old Gary Galloway of Greers Ferry.

Smith could have charged Galloway with felony manslaughter, but instead filed the misdemeanors; endangering the welfare of a child and violating the hunter-orange requirement. Neither father nor son were wearing the required hunter's orange, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said.

The prosecutor called the shooting an accident, however he said that he plans to ask the judge to revoke Galloway's hunting license because this is the second time the father has mistaken a human for an animal.

Three hunters have died in Arkansas so far this season.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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