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Charges dropped against Tenn. hunter who mistook man for turkey, shot him

Associated Press • Jul 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges in a Meigs County case in which a man was mistaken for a turkey and was shot several times.Shane Godsey had been turkey hunting in March when he was shot with approximately 30 shotgun pellets fired into some bushes. William Whaley of Decatur had been originally charged with reckless endangerment in the case.Godsey has said he missed more than six weeks of work while recovering from his injuries and attending court dates. He himself was charged with illegal hunting at one point, on unauthorized land.According to The Daily Post-Athenian, Godsey has filed a civil suit against Whaley, which is pending.Prosecutors said in General Sessions Court that all charges are being dropped.

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