Man mistakenly shoots friend instead of deer, turns self in

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 1:28pm

Wednesday at approximately 8:30 a.m., suspect Rodney Connally turned himself in at the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.

On January 13, 2011, an arrest warrant was issued for 54-year-old Robert Connally of Forth Worth for the offense of criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony, for the shooting death of 41-year-old Louis N. Conner of Overton.

The charge of criminal negligent homicide came after the investigation was completed and the case file was presented to the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office.

Today at approximately 10:30 a.m., Connally was arraigned by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Joe H. Sorrells and charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of Louis N. Conner. His bond is set at $50,000.

On January 1, 2011, Connally admittedly shot Louis N. Conner, stating he had mistaken the victim for a deer while hunting. At the time of the shooting, Connally was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, 3rd degree felony, and was later released on a $50,000 bond.

Sheriff Danny R. Pirtle stated with suspect Connally turning himself in this saved the man power of Rusk County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to local him. This gives all Officers the opportunity to continue protecting and serving the citizens of Rusk County.

From Rusk County Sheriff's Office



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