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Forum News Service, Published June 24 2013

South Dakota teen accused of accidentally shooting another in prank

PLANKINTON, S.D. - A Plankinton teen accused of accidentally shooting and wounding another teen Saturday has been released from custody after posting bail.

Logan Evans, 18, is charged with aggravated assault, a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine, and reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

According to court documents made public Monday, the charges stem from an incident that began around 11 a.m. Saturday, when Evans was driving east on Interstate 90 between Mitchell and Alexandria.

Evans allegedly pointed a 9 mm pistol at the victim, who was in the backseat, after removing the gun’s magazine, according to an affidavit written by Hanson County Sheriff’s Deputy Casey Tegethoff. Thinking the gun was not loaded, Evans allegedly pulled the trigger and shot the victim, Nick Lawson, in the chest.

Evans later admitted to pulling the trigger as a joke because he thought it wasn’t loaded, the affidavit says.

According to a jailer at the Davison County Jail, Evans has posted $5,000 bail and has been released with a court date set in July.

Lawson was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital Saturday. A hospital official declined Monday to release details on his condition. But according to social media posts by people connected to Lawson, his condition was improving Monday.