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Trial begins in Marine's shooting death

Feb. 20, 2013 - 09:42AM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 - 09:42AM  |  
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SALEM, Ore. — A trial began Tuesday in Salem in the manslaughter trial of a hunter who killed a man mistaken for a bear near Silver Falls State Park.

In opening statements, the deputy district attorney said Christopher Ochoa was crossing a field with a friend, taking what they thought was a short cut to the park in October 2011, when he was shot.

The defense lawyer for 68-year-old Eugene Irvin Collier said he was hunting with his 12-year-old grandson and believed he saw a bear.

Ochoa was a 20-year-old Marine from French Camp, Calif. The Statesman Journal reported that he was on leave with a friend visiting Salem. The two men were trespassing on land owned by the Collier family.

Jurors will decide whether the shooting was reckless.

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