OCEANA COUNTY, MICH. - The case against a youth mentor and former hunting safety instructor accused in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy will go to trial.
Roger Hoeker, 62, was charged with recklessly discharging a firearm back in February 2017. Hoeker was in court Monday, Feb. 12, when the trial date was set for mid-June.
Hoeker, Billy Gort Jr. and another boy were hunting in Oceana County. Hoeker told police one of his shots ricocheted off a tree, hitting Gort in the back of the head.
Gort died from his injury.
Hoeker would spend two years in prison if convicted. He already settled a wrongful death lawsuit over the incident.
Trial date set for man accused of careless, reckless, or negligent discharge of firearm causing injury or death. Investigators say Roger Hoeker caused the death of 13-year-old Billy Gort Jr. while squirrel hunting in February 2017. Trial set for June 13, 14, & 15 in Hart. @wzzm13 pic.twitter.com/1XlO0HZ3u2— Jon Mills (@JonMills20) February 13, 2018
►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WZZM 13 app now.
© 2018 WZZM-TV