Widow of Killed Hunter Sues Alleged Shooter
The widow of a Maine hunter shot to death last fall has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other hunter charged with firing the fatal shot, seeking $500,000 in compensation. Authorities say Christopher Austin shot and killed 49-year-old Gerard Parent last November while the two were hunting separately in Wales. The Warden Service said they were shooting at the same deer. Parent’s widow, Becky Ann Brown, sued in Androscoggin County Superior Court asking a judge to attach Austin’s property to ensure her wrongful death claim. The Sun Journal, reports that according to the lawsuit, Brown is under a doctor’s care because of “the emotional turmoil” of Parent’s death. Austin has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the case, including manslaughter. His lawyer did not immediately return a call.