Minn. man convicted in hunter deer-stand death

Published 4:51 pm Monday, March 12, 2012

BAGLEY, Minn. — A jury has convicted a Minnesota man of second-degree manslaughter for pulling down a tree stand and causing a hunter’s fatal injuries.

The Bemidji Pioneer (http://bit.ly/yjmelr) reports jurors deliberated nearly five hours before convicting 53-year-old Kevin McCormick of Breezy Point on Friday.

Jurors concluded McCormick climbed up Jerry Benedict’s deer stand on Nov. 6, 2010, while Benedict was sitting in it and pulled the stand down.

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Medical records showed Benedict suffered eight broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. He eventually was airlifted to a Fargo, N.D. hospital, where he died.

The prosecution argued that Benedict did not fall from the deer stand but was pulled out of the stand by McCormick.

McCormick’s attorney suggested that Benedict’s injuries were caused by his falling from a second tree stand later that day.