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Pa. hunter charged with homicide in fatal shooting at state park

The Associated Press
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BEDMINSTER, Pa. — A hunter who fatally shot a man he apparently mistook for an animal at a state park has been charged with homicide and weapons counts, authorities said.

Kenneth Troy Heller, 52, of Warminster, made his initial court appearance Wednesday and was jailed after the judge denied him bail. It wasn't known if he's retained an attorney.

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The shooting occurred Oct. 24 in Nockamixon State Park, which straddles the towns of Bedminster and Haycock.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said he believed Heller thought he was firing at an animal and did not intentionally shoot Jason Kutt, 18, of West Rockhill. The victim was shot once in the back of the head while sitting with his girlfriend at the edge of the lake in the park, and he died two days later.