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Man charged in hunting accident that killed 11-year-old boy

May 5, 2020 GMT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Mobile man is being charged in a shooting that left an 11-year-old boy dead during a turkey hunt, authorities said Tuesday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Stewart Burks, 35, is being charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of Troy Ellis of Trussville. The child’s father was also injured in the shooting,

Authorities say the child was shot while a group was hunting turkeys in Jefferson County on Friday. A sheriff’s statement said an investigation showed the man should be charged.

A lawyer for Burks, Jonathan C. McCardle, told al.com the shooting was an accident.