A hunter says he was only trying to prevent additional suffering and potential accidents when he killed a deer. However, the California bowhunter does admit that he knew he was within 150 yards of an occupied dwelling when he did so. The man was captured on neighborhood surveillance video. Police have charged the man with various crimes, and he may be contemplating his best criminal defense.
Although he claimed that the first shot was in a proper hunting area, the man was inside of prohibited hunting zones when he shot the arrow that killed the deer. He allegedly followed the wounded deer into an occupied neighborhood and sent another arrow that eventually killed the deer. The man claims that he waited until the animal was in front of a wall in order to ensure that no person would be harmed by his arrow.
He says that he notified police right away, but officials report that he gave another version of the events to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has been charged with one felony count related to the alleged fraud and three misdemeanors associated with the hunting violations. The charges can carry a penalty of up to three and a half years in jail.
The case remains under investigation. The man said he was motivated to reduce the suffering of the wounded animal and also for drivers that may have been affected by the deer darting in and out of the street. Perhaps a judge will be sympathetic to this criminal defense. Another type of aid that many people accused of a crime seek is the help of an experienced lawyer.
Source: pasadenastarnews.com, "Man who shot, killed deer in Monrovia to face criminal charges", Christopher Yee, Nov. 6, 2017