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Saturday, January 29, 2005 4:30 pm
BANGOR, Maine — A 20-year-old Newport man has been arrested and charged
with manslaughter after he fatally shot a friend in the chest while hunting
deer from a tree stump, police said.
Adam Nason was charged in Penobscot County Court with manslaughter, night
hunting, hunting after having killed one deer, and false registration of a
deer. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If convicted, Nason faces up to 40 years in prison.
Police said Nason fatally shot James Griffin Jr., 21, of Levant, on Nov.
8 while hunting illegally in the woods off Route 222. He allegedly fired the
shot after 5 p.m., approximately 15 minutes after legal hunting ended for
Bail was set at $10,000 with conditions prohibiting Nason from hunting or
possessing a firearm until the case is resolved. A trial date has not been
"The facts will bear out the charges and the defendant will be
convicted," said assistant Attorney General William Bahdoyan, who
is prosecuting the case.
The younger Griffin and two cousins, Alfred Griffin, 24, and Scott
Griffin, 22, all originally from Levant, were hunting on family property
when the shooting occurred, according to wardens.
Information about the case has been posted on a Web site belonging to the
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting based in New Paltz, N.Y.
Defense attorney Hilary Billings of Bangor said it was too early to
comment on the facts of the case, but he said he was concerned about the
type of attention the case might bring to his client.
"I hope the case does not become the target of organizations that may or
may not be part of the case," Billings said, referring to anti-hunting
The victim´s father, James Griffin Sr., has said he feels no ill will
toward Nason, a longtime family friend. The two families have visited
The shooting was the first hunting fatality since Maine law changed in
2003 to allow hunting a half-hour after sunset.
Information from: Bangor Daily News,