A property dispute that shouldn’t have been
Published 03/12/2012, Grand Forks Herald
Landowner convicted in death of hunter was actually trespasser
On Nov. 5, 2010, Jerry Donald Benedict set up a deer stand at a spot in the woods in southern Clearwater County, Minn., where he had hunted for the past 25 years. The following day, Kevin Thomas McCormick, a landowner in the area who also had set up a deer stand, came by and accused Benedict of trespassing. In the confrontation that followed, Benedict would fall from his deer stand. He would eventually be taken to hospital with severe injuries, which killed him 18 days later. Benedict was 64. On Friday, a jury convicted McCormick, 53, of Breezy Point, Minn., of second-degree manslaughter at state district court in Bagley, Minn.