Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Charges dropped in East Tenn. turkey hunting case

Decatur, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges
in a Meigs County case in which a man was mistaken for a turkey and
was shot several times.

Shane Godsey had been turkey hunting in March when he was shot
with approximately 30 shotgun pellets fired into some bushes.
William Whaley of Decatur had been originally charged with reckless
endangerment in the case.

Godsey has said he missed more than six weeks of work while
recovering from his injuries and attending court dates. He himself
was charged with illegal hunting at one point, on unauthorized

According to The Daily Post-Athenian, Godsey has filed a civil
suit against Whaley, which is pending.

Prosecutors said in General Sessions Court that all charges are
being dropped.

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