Deputy Coroner Ernie Studard pronounced Steven L. Craig, 22, dead at 7:20 p.m. Monday. His body was found 300 yards behind his home at 266 Black’s Bluff Road back in the woods, he said.
Johnny Craig, of 268 Black’s Bluff Road, was charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Wallace.
There were at least two other people in the woods at the time Johnny Craig shot Steven Craig and they were also interviewed, said Wallace.
Wallace could not confirm exactly how the shooting happened because he said there are discrepancies in the stories by Johnny Craig and the two other witnesses.
“At this point we don’t think he had any intention of shooting his son,” Wallace said. “But that doesn’t relieve him from the responsibility. Felony murder means somebody caused the death of another human being irrespective of malice.”
Family members were distraught with grief and Diane Johnson, Craig’s aunt, said the death of her nephew was an accident.
Johnson said Steven Craig and his father were out in the back of the residence in the woods hunting squirrels with some other male family members.
“(Craig) went up to Johnny and tapped him on the shoulder and he startled him,” she said. When he turned around, Johnson said, he accidentally shot his son, fatally wounding him.
Johnson said her sister Sandy Craig, Steven Craig’s mother, was numb with grief at the loss of her son.
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