Kevin McCormick has been charged with assault and hunter harassment after he upended the treestand being used by hunter Jerry Benedict. Benedict fell 16 feet and later died from injuries sustained during the fall.
According to The Bemidji Pioneer , the suspect harassed the hunter and claimed Benedict was trespassing.
At the Mahnomen Health Center, Benedict told the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s deputy he was sitting in his tree stand in late morning Nov. 6 when a man confronted him and accused him of trespassing. Benedict said the man who confronted him started pulling on the canvas on his tree stand causing the stand to fall out of the tree.