An american fighter acquitted of having shot a friend of Anticosti

News 21 December, 2017
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    Alexandre Cantin

    Thursday, December 21, 2017 15:38

    Thursday, December 21, 2017 15:38

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    An american tourist who had accidentally fired a shot on his friend during a hunting party to the island of Anticosti in November 2015, has been acquitted of 2 counts leveled against him.

    George Evarts, however, is not the end of his sentences because he was sued in civil for this case in a court of the United States. The hunter 56-year-old was found not guilty by the judge Andrée St-Pierre for charges of careless use of a weapon and causing bodily harm after a trial of 3 days, which was held last September.

    The Crown had attempted to demonstrate that the man had taken a risk by pulling a shot with his rifle in the dark on a road where other hunters could be found. The evidence showed that the shot had been fired in the vicinity of the cut-off time of the hunt. Judge Andrée St-Pierre, he believed the version of the accused, an experienced hunter who had claimed to have referred to a white-Tailed deer. The ball that he has drawn is rather gone to stay in the leg of his hunting partner who was injured.

    George Evarts was said not to have shown any negligence, stressing that the event was a pure accident.

    This acquittal is able to help the 56 year old man in another trial, which will take place in the United States. He continued in the civil for an amount of $ 3.5 million.

    “See that he is acquitted, his or her insurer is obliged to pay to his lawyer in the civil and pay a [prospective] compensation,” said lawyer Pierre L’écuyer.

    In spite of this important civil lawsuit, George Evarts, and the one on which he had unintentionally pulled are still friends.