Boy’s death during turkey hunt called a capital murder

The charge in an Alabama man’s fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy in his turkey hunting group has been upgraded to capital murder of a person under the age of 14, a grand jury said.
The boy, Troy Ellis, was killed on May 1 while hunting with his father and two other men near Clay, Alabama, 15 miles northeast of Birmingham, the Jefferson County sheriff’s office said. His father, Obed Ellis, was wounded.
The shooter, Joshua Burks, 36, was initially charged with reckless manslaughter. A Marine Corps veteran who at the time was a middle-school teacher in Mobile, he had never before been hunting. The outing had been organized by a group that sponsors hunts for wounded veterans. News reports have described Burks as an amputee.
The change in the charge was announced Friday by the Jefferson County grand jury. The rationale was not addressed — but a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Troy’s family claimed that Burks had taken numerous pain pills in the hours before the hunt and was “likely not capable of safely handling a firearm,”  the Birmingham News reported.
The family’s suit named Burks and Kyle Henley, the fourth person in the party  and a member of the sponsoring group, America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors.
When Burks was charged with manslaughter for what the sheriff’s office had initially described as an accident, Henley told Birmingham TV station WBRC: “I am so glad they issued an arrest warrant and stopped calling it an accident. … Me and his father know what we witnessed on that mountain.”
Burks, who lost his teaching job after the shooting, had joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school in 2003. After leaving the service in 2007, he got a teaching degree at the University of South Alabama. He had been teaching in Mobile County public schools since 2012.
The hunt took place on land owned by Obed Ellis. The family lived in nearby Trussville, where Troy attended fifth grade and his father coached high school football.
Troy’s death was Alabama’s only fatal shooting during a hunt in the 2019-20 season, a state hunting safety official told the Birmingham News. Three hunters were killed during the season by falls from tree stands.
 

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