Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Teen indicted for shooting Denton Guyer football player
17-year-old Michael Bryce Underwood was indicted for manslaughter, though police believe the shooting was an accident.
FLOWER MOUND A Montague County grand jury on Monday indicted 17-year-old Michael Bryce Underwood for manslaughter following the shooting death of Nathan Maki on August 31.
Maki was a senior at Denton Guyer High School and played running back for the varsity football team. He was shot when he and three friends went hunting on property owned by Underwood's family.
According to statements made by Sheriff Paul Cunningham after the incident, police were dispatched to a field near Bowie around 11 p.m. August 31 after receiving a call of a reported shooting. Cunningham said police found Maki in the driver's seat of a truck with a gunshot wound.
According to a copy of a call Underwood made to 9-1-1, he said he accidently shot Maki in the head while he and some friends were hunting coyotes. He said he pulled his gun, a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle, to the left, the safety was off and the gun fired, hitting Maki.
Cunningham said authorities believed the shooting was an accident. He said the rifle and a shotgun were found at the scene.
Cunningham also said Maki and Underwood were with two female friends that night and that alcohol was located at the site. He said Underwood was arrested that night for consumption of alcohol by a minor.
"This is a tragedy for all involved," said Paige Williams, 97th Judicial District Attorney for Archer, Clay and Montague counties. "The lesson for everyone is simple: Introducing alcohol into any situation can affect not only your life, but the lives of your friends and family. Nathan's friends need to remember him before they think of consuming alcohol."
Williams said if the case goes to trial, it will be scheduled for the late fall of 2014.
Manslaughter is a second-degree felony and carries a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
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