GA: Hunter freed after 7 years behind bars for killing brother
July 13, 2010
A hunter convicted of murder for fatally shooting his brother has been
released from a Georgia prison.
Joshua Hames was freed Tuesday, just one day after Georgia's Supreme
Court overturned his conviction after 7 years behind bars. Hames' attorney,
Holly Pierson, said that Hames will be spending time with family.
He had argued that he thought he was shooting a bobcat or a large animal
during a 2002 deer hunting trip on the family's farm in Walton County.
Instead, he fatally shot his brother Sam.
He was prosecuted under a state law allowing prosecutors to pursue felony
charges against a hunter if he seriously injures another person using a
weapon by knowingly disregarding a serious risk.
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