Man Found Guilty In Fatal Deer Stand Fight

BAGLEY, Minn. (WCCO) — A Breezy Point, Minn. man has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in connection to the November 2010 death of a hunter in a fight over a deer stand.

Investigators said Kevin McCormick, 51, pulled on a deer stand that Jerry Benedict was in and caused him to fall about 12 feet to the ground on November 6. Emergency workers found him hurt the next morning.

According to the charges, Benedict fell following a fight between the two, with McCormick claiming Benedict had set up the stand on his property. Benedict claimed he was on tribal land and, therefore, had permission to hunt there.

McCormick claims the tree stand tipped as he was grabbing the top rung to hand Benedict his business card.
The charges state that, according to the Assessor’s Office, McCormick does not own property in Clearwater County.

Benedict suffered multiple injuries, including several broken vertebrae in his back and internal bleeding in his abdomen and lungs. He died about two weeks later.

McCormick’s sentencing has been set for April 11, 2012.

  • Nothern Wolf

    Let’s see here – the drug busts in schools. This
    My – we doing just fine now around here aren’t we -(

  • more to come

    What do you expect from the sleezy point area?

    • Bob

      how long have you been waiting to use that pun???

  • Sharon Peters

    Me thinks the spiceman lies.

  • Mr. Sunshine

    Another person sticking their nose in someone elses bussiness. He doesn’t even own land in Clearwater County, so what was he doing there in the first place? It appears McCormick was trespassing when he should have been minding his own business. He’ll learn the hard way, in prison, to mind his own business.

  • Bambi's Mother

    And the deer were laughing so hard they could hardly run away.

  • Buggy

    Friggin jack pine savages

  • Liquid Nails


  • Puppies for all

    What were a couple of four year olds doing in the woods hunting anyhow? Oh wait… says the was 51 years old, never mind, sounded like my kids for a minute.

  • Colin

    I’m just glad there are neighborhoods where this king of behavior is a regular occurrence. Oh wait…

  • Poor Poor Pitifull Me

    He’s in big trouble because he didn’t have a permit to bag a human.

  • The Editor

    Was he on tribal land?
    Did he have permission to be there?

    Lame reporting. Really lame.

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