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Hunter Found Not Guilty After Shooting Marine Reservist He Mistook For A Bear

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon hunter has been found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a Marine reservist he says he mistook for a bear.
    
The Statesman Journal newspaper reports the Salem jury deliberated for about two hours Friday before acquitting Eugene Collier.
    
The 68-year-old was the last witness to take the stand.
    
He told jurors he was shooting to kill when he fired the .270-caliber bullet that caused the death of 20-year-old Christopher Ochoa, of French Camp, Calif., in October 2011 near Silver Falls State Park.
    
Collier was hunting with his 12-year-old grandson and says he thought he was shooting a bear
    
He and his wife met with members of Ochoa's family privately after the trial ended. Neither family spoke with the media after the verdict.
   

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