Should this hunter have been charged with murder?
In January of 2015, a 52-year-old hunter from Virginia heard a rustling in the underbrush. After getting into position to fire, the man sat movement through the trees and fired at it.
Unfortunately, the man actually shot one of his two hunting companions and nearly killed him. If the second man had actually died, would the law have allowed the careless shooter to be prosecuted? Or would the excuse "I didn't know it was a person" have been enough to protect him?
I think that anyone who hunts needs to be more cautious have seen too many cases like this one.if it was someone i loved accidental or not i would want the shooter to come to justice
Hunters should wear a bulletproof vest when hunting. Many accidental cases happen
I suspect that he would have been charged with Man-slaughter, that is, an accidental killing of a human being. That would have probably been the charge in the U.K. or here in Australia where I live. However, in the USA...? Well, it seems there is a different law in each state. Certainly, "I didn't know it was a person." wouldn't wash in most countries of the world. The shooter did not take due care, breaking the most fundamental of all shooting rules: don't shoot unless you can clearly discern what you are shooting at.
I am no lawyer or for that matter that knowledgeable about our justice system; however, having texted that, this is an opportunity to provide more significant education to anyone seeking licensure to hunt. Thus, the result should be more careful hunters and the minimization of hunting accidents.
If indeed, the law allowed the hunter to be prosecuted, indeed he should have been prosecuted; although if indeed it was accidental and the careless hunter had no criminal history, the ideal result would be more significant training for hunters to instill this awareness and reduce the probability of it happening again and probationary measures for the careless hunter with opportunity for no lasting record to cause unnecessary complications (other than necessary education and awareness)...
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