A northeast Missouri man is now facing three charges in connection with a fall 2019 hunting accident that left his grandson dead.

Donald Howe Sr., 75, of Edina, Missouri, is charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm and hunting on private land without permission.

The deadly deer hunting accident happened on November 17, 2019, on private property outside Baring, Missouri.

Investigators told KTVO at the time that Andrew Howe, 17, of Edina, was killed when his grandfather mistook him for a deer and shot him.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to court documents, Donald Howe allowed Andrew to walk through the woods without wearing hunter orange.

Andrew Howe was fatally shot with an 8mm hunting rifle, a weapon that his grandfather was restricted from owning due to pleading guilty to felony driving while intoxicated in Lewis County in 2007.

Court papers say Donald Howe Sr. told the conservation agent who investigated the incident that he thought he saw a buck in the woods.

It turned out to be his grandson.

Howe is due in Knox County court on June 9, 2020, for his arraignment.


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