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Attorney Scott Barnhart Interviewed By IndyStar for Reckless Homicide Story

The IndyStar recently interviewed Attorney Scott Barnhart about the reckless homicide charges filed against a 19-year-old man from Noblesville. Click here to read the original story.

The defendant, J.R., was target shooting with two teenaged friends in a field in Hamilton County on October 30 th. The teens noticed that a man they knew was in a nearby driveway and decided to scare him.

According to court documents, one of the teens fired into the air and J.R. fired his rifle toward the man's general area, but not directly at him. The man cried out that he had been hit a few seconds later, however.

The defendant and his friends tried to help the victim, a 45-year-old man, but he later died at Riverview Hospital. The Hamiliton County coroner's office stated that the cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest.

The defendant was charged with reckless homicide for the man's death, which is a Class C felony offense. J.R. and his friends maintain that the shooting was an accident and he was not aiming at the victim, but the prosecution contends that his reckless actions resulted in the victim's death.

Attorney Barnhart told the IndyStar that "Whether the state can demonstrate that he acted recklessly would be one of the primary issues."

The defendant's own words about the incident could actually help the prosecution's case against him. "If it was their intention to scare him, perhaps that would be evidence to support recklessness and demonstrate that he's actually reckless," Attorney Barnhart explained.

State law defines recklessness as engaging in conduct "in plain, conscious and unjustifiable disregard of harm." If J.R. is convicted of reckless homicide, he faces a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison.

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