Windham man accused in fatal hunting accident pleads not guilty

Posted Feb. 24, 2012, at 8:56 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Windham man accused of fatally shooting another hunter has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

William Briggs was released on personal recognizance and barred from hunting at his brief arraignment on Thursday.

Authorities say the Briggs, 61, shot Peter Kolofsky, 46, in the Sebago woods on Nov. 5.

Briggs was hunting deer with his brother while Kolofsky was hunting alone near his home. All three men were experienced hunters.

Briggs’ lawyer has said his client fired after seeing what he thought were antlers and tells The Portland Press Herald his client “feels sick” about the case.

Kolofsky, who was wearing bright orange, was pronounced dead at the scene. Briggs and his brother called for help.

Maine law requires hunters to positively identify their targets before shooting.

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