ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed the manslaughter conviction of a man accused of pulling down a deer stand while another man was in it.

An appeals panel ruled 2-1 Monday the trial court should have acquitted Kevin McCormick.

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A dispute arose in 2010 when the Breezy Point man spotted a deer stand he believed was on his property. The stand fell during the dispute. Jerry Benedict was in it, and died of multiple injuries over two weeks later.

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Prosecutors said McCormick caused Benedict’s fatal injuries. But McCormick argued the stand toppled by accident, and that other evidence showed Benedict likely suffered his fatal injuries later that day, in a fall from a second stand.

The Court of Appeals says the circumstantial evidence was insufficient to sustain McCormick’s conviction.

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