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Boy Shot To Death By Brother In Deer Hunting Accident

Division Of Wildlife Says Boy Mistook Brother For Deer

UPDATED: 2:41 pm EST November 29, 2005

MCARTHUR, Ohio -- Authorities said a 12-year-old southern Ohio boy was shot to death by his older brother while they were out hunting Monday evening.

The boys from Vinton County were in woods in Knox Township in the county around 5:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. The state Division of Wildlife said the older boy mistook the younger one for a deer. The victim died later at a hospital in Athens.

The division is heading the investigation and won't release the name of either boy. But the agency's district manager Jim Marshall said the sun had already gone down by the time the shooting occurred, so the older brother, who's either 15 or 16, could be charged with hunting after hours, a misdemeanor.

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