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MI: Judge Declares Mistrial in Deadly Oceana County Hunting Accident Case

June 15, 2018


A Northern Michigan judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a deadly hunting accident in Oceana County.

Roger Hoeker was a former hunting safety instructor for a youth outreach program.

Deputies say he accidentally shot 13-year-old William Gort Jr. in the head while hunting last February.

Gort died from his injuries.

Hoeker had originally faced involuntary manslaughter charges, but about six months ago a judge sent the case to the Oceana County Circuit Court on a lesser charge of reckless discharge of a weapon causing death.

Thursday, the circuit judge halted the trial after determining neither the prosecutor nor defense attorneys knew of a sheriff’s report about the shooting.

A second trial will be scheduled.

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