Man charged in Amish girl's death

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    Man charged in Amish girl's death

    The girl was accidentally struck and killed by a muzzle-loader from a mile away.

    "MILLERSBURG (AP) - An Amish man who was clearing his rifle has been charged with killing a 15-year-old Amish girl as she drove a buggy home from a Christmas party.

    Holmes County Prosecutor Steve Knowling says 28-year-old Marion R. Yoder was charged Tuesday with reckless homicide. Authorities say Yoder was clearing his muzzle-loading rifle in December after a hunting trip and fired a shot into the air more than a mile away from the teenager.

    Rachel Yoder was shot in the head while traveling to her home in Wayne County. The two are not related."

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    When stupid mistakes become lethal, someone has to pay.

    To all those who think firing a weapon into the air is cool, Gravity is a Witch, if you get my drift.

    I see all these Mideastern types shooting into the air. I have often wondered how many people they take out "celebrating".
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    He did kill someone, and even though it was an accident, the girl is still dead. I feel bad for both families.
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    An accidet my butt, he shot that gun in the air
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    Quote Originally Posted by barstoolguru View Post
    An accidet my butt, he shot that gun in the air
    I meant killing the girl was an accident, not the discharge of the weapon. Kind of like if you bump into someone, you accidentally bumped into them, but you did intentionally move your body.
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    Isn't this the incident from last fall/winter? I wonder why the charges took so long.
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    He could just as easily fired it into the ground!
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    Stupid move on his part, but a (very) painful reminder of why you fire into the ground, not the air.

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    An avoidable tragedy that just should never have happened.
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    How in the world did they find the shooter?


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    IIRC when he read about it, he turned himself in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    IIRC when he read about it, he turned himself in.
    Not to say they should slap him on the wrist and let him go, but good old-fashioned honesty should be worth something I think.
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    1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
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    An accidet my butt, he shot that gun in the air
    I meant killing the girl was an accident, not the discharge of the weapon.
    "Accident" means it occurred by the will of the Fates. In this case, his direct action caused a direct result, however unintended the result might have been. It was unintentional, to be sure, but IMO no accident. As with a great percentage of crashes between passenger vehicles: crashes, not accidents.

    If indeed he turned himself in based on reports of the death, kudos to him. Could have been someone else's round, but not likely.
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