Hunter safety instructor ordered to trial on lesser charge

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WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) - (12-06-17) - Roger Hoeker of Jenison was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but 78th District Court Judge H. Kevin Drake this week sent the case to circuit court on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. The Muskegon Chronicle reports his defense argued the bullet may have ricocheted off a tree.

Police say William "Billy" Gort Jr. of Wyoming was shot in the head during a Feb. 18 hunting trip in Oceana County with a teenage friend and Hoeker, who also is a mentor for a youth outreach program. Police say the teens had shotguns and Hoeker had a rifle.

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