Seventy-nine-year-old Alfred Dawson of Nebo, Clay County, has been charged with a misdemeanor in the accidental shooting death of his 15-year-old nephew Dillon Dawson.

The elderly man told investigators that he thought he was shooting at a coyote on his property on March 10.

The Division of Natural Resources has charged Alfred Dawson with a negligent shooting fatality and shooting at a wild animal not plainly visible.

Investigators told media that Alfred Dawson was about 444 feet away from Dillon Dawson when he shot the teen with a rifle.

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