Hunter dies after deer stand allegedly pulled down

Bagley, Minnesota (AP) December 2010

A prosecutor is considering additional charges after a hunter died after falling to the ground when his deer stand was allegedly pulled down by another man in northern Minnesota.

Kevin McCormick of Breezy Point is charged in Clearwater County with first-degree assault and hunter harassment.

McCormick was charged earlier this month after he allegedly pulled down a deer stand while Jerry Benedict was still in it.

Benedict was airlifted to a Fargo, N.D., hospital. The Pioneer of Bemidji reports Benedict died at the hospital last week.

County Attorney Jeanine Brand says she’ll consider additional charges after reviewing the medical report.

McCormick told Benedict he was trespassing on his property, but Benedict said he was on White Earth tribal land and had permission to hunt there. McCormick says when he tried to extend his business card to Benedict, the tree stand tipped and fell to the ground.