Details revealed in shooting death of Guyer student

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Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham and 97th Judicial District Attorney Paige Williams answer questions at a press conference regarding the shooting death of Guyer football player Nate Maki Tuesday September 3, 2013, in Montague.
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MONTAGUE — Montague County sheriff’s officials revealed more details about the weekend shooting death of Guyer High School senior and football player Nathan Maki during a news conference Tuesday at the Montague County Courthouse Annex.

Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said the shooting looks accidental but is still under investigation, pending additional witnessi nterviews. The case will be reviewed by a grand jury.

Maki was with at least three other people, including Michael Bryce Underwood, in a field off Mueller Road near Bowie when the incident occurred late Saturday night, according to Cunningham.

Officers received a call from Underwood and, upon arrival at11:10 p.m., found Maki on the driver’s side of a 2008 Chevrolet extended-cab pickup owned by Underwood’s grandfather, Cunningham said. Maki had a gunshot wound to the head and was later pronounced dead at Bowie Memorial Hospital, the sheriff said.

Cunningham said Underwood pulled the trigger, but it was accidental. The weapon used, believed to be a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle,was found at the scene. A shotgun was also found, the sheriff said.

“This is just a tragic accident for all involved,”Cunningham said.

Underwood, 17, was arrested at the scene and charged with minor in consumption, a Class C misdemeanor. Several beer cans were found at the scene, officials said.

Underwood paid a $500 bond and was released Sunday afternoon, Cunningham said.

Cunningham said two 18-year-old women were also at the scene at the time of the shooting but were gone by the time officers arrived. The two women are being interviewed by officials, he said.

Cunningham said the four were camping on property owned by Underwood’s uncle and were waiting for dove season to officially begin Sunday.

District Attorney Paige Williams said that in cases such as this, her office looks at filing either deadly conduct or criminal negligent homicide charges.

“I can only speculate at this point,” Williams said.

Williams said that as the investigation continues, her office would be able to pin down an exact charge.

“It’s going to all be up the grand jury that meets once a month,” she said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitterat @MGrayNews.

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