Negligent homicide in hunting death upheld in Louisiana

New Orleans (AP) – Louisiana’s Supreme Court has reinstated the
negligent homicide conviction of a man who shot his friend to death
in an Avoyelles Parish deer hunting accident.

According to Tuesday’s decision, Jake DeSoto killed his friend
Kain Roy in November 2004. Roy apparently had stepped away from his
stand and DeSoto, thinking he saw a deer, fired a shot that hit Roy
in the back of the neck.

A jury unanimously found DeSoto guilty. A state appeal court
later reversed the verdict. But the Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Tuesday
that the negligent homicide verdict was proper because DeSoto
failed to clearly identify his target before shooting. The high
court also reinstated DeSoto’s sentence: five years in prison with
two years suspended.

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