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Clay County man charged in accidental shooting of teen

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clay County man faces misdemeanor charges in the accidental shooting of his great-nephew.

Seventy-nine-year-old Alfred Dawson of Nebo told investigators that he thought he was shooting at a coyote when he shot 15-year-old Dillon Dawson.

The incident occurred March 10 on Alfred Dawson's property.

The Division of Natural Resources charged Alfred Dawson with negligent shooting fatality and shooting at a wild animal not plainly visible.

Investigators determined that Alfred Dawson was about 444 feet away from Dillon Dawson when he shot the teenager with a rifle.



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