NH man charged with hunting death on trial

September 19, 2013 at 02:15 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire hunter is standing trial on a charge of firing a shot that killed a 31-year-old Massachusetts man in 2011.

Forty-nine-year-old Wade Holmes of Lisbon has been charged with negligent homicide and reckless shooting in the death of Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Mass.

Brunelle was unarmed and walking with his father and brother on opening day of firearm deer season when he was shot once and instantly killed.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/18DWCeO) the trial started Wednesday, starting with a juror visit to the shooting scene.

The charge alleges Holmes failed to identify with certainty the target at which he was shooting, and for shooting at and killing Brunelle, whom he allegedly mistook for a deer.

Brunelle was dressed in camouflage and wasn't carrying a rifle.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com


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