Karen Wood's death 25 years later

7:33 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The case of Karen Wood drew national attention when the 37-year-old mother of two was shot by a hunter in her Hermon back yard.

Some thought she shouldn't have been near the woods that day without wearing orange. Others though hunter should have known what he was shooting at. As a result, Maine law now clearly reads that its 100% the hunters responsibility to identify their target.

Two years after her death the hunter that fired the shot, Donald Rogerson, went on trial for manslaughter. A jury found him not guilty. The next year, Maine passed the Target Identification Law to hold hunters responsible for making sure that they clearly identify what they're shooting at beforehand.

"It's 100% the responsibility of the hunter to make proper target identification, no matter what the person, or who else is out in the field is wearing," said Lt. Dan Scott with the Maine Warden Service.

Karen's husband, Dr. Kevin Wood, now lives in Iowa. He explained to NEWS CENTER during a phone interview how he feels about the indentification law.

"As a result of her tragic death other hunters and people living in areas that are near hunted areas are going to be safer. That's some consolation," said Wood.      


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