BYRNES MILL • A hunter was "joking around" when he accidentally shot his friend in the face with an arrow and killed him, court documents say.
Jefferson County prosecutors on Friday charged Jered Winters, 20, with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Ryan Sargeant, 15.
The two were hunting deer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area off North Fork Drive in Byrnes Mill when the accident occurred.
Winters told Byrnes Mill police that he was joking when he pointed his bow at Ryan, but that his finger tapped the trigger of the bow and fired an arrow into Ryan's face, according to a probable cause statement.
Ryan had pointed his bow at Winters, but it did not have an arrow in it, Byrnes Mill police said.
Winters lives with his grandmother, Deanna Williams, in the 3500 block of Westfork Drive, in the Byrnes Mill Farms mobile home park.
They moved there about a year ago. She said W
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