ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A 23-year-old man has been convicted of a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Elko woman last year.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports Matthew Deacon smiled when a jury returned the verdict Friday night in the June 15 shooting of Casey Jo Tervort outside his home.
He instead could have been convicted of first- or second-degree murder.
Members of the victim's family were visibly upset after the verdict was read. Tervort's sister ran out of the courtroom weeping.
Police say Deacon admitted he fired the shot that killed Tervort after the two argued at a trailer park June 15.
But Deacon insists he did not do it on purpose. He maintains the shooting was an accident caused by his shotgun's "hair trigger."