OXFORD, Maine – A Maine hunter charged with killing a woman he mistook for a deer has been formally charged with murder.
An Oxford County grand jury returned the indictment against the 38-year-old Robert Trundy, of Hebron. The Bangor Daily News reports that he will be arraigned March 9. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.
The shooting happened Oct. 28, the first day of the deer hunting season for Maine residents.
The 34-year-old victim, Karen Wrentzel, it was digging for precious stones on her house when she was shot. In a statement, Trundy told game wardens he thought he was shooting at a deer, and his lawyer said that the shooting was not reckless.
Wardens say that he got fired from 200 feet (61 meters) away. If convicted for manslaughter, Trundy faces up to 30 years in prison.
Information: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com