Man Claims Deadly Shooting Was A Hunting Accident

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Johnson County man claims a deadly shooting was a hunting accident, not murder.

Steven Crum is accused of firing the shot that killed Harrison Butcher last week in Williamsport.

Crum's attorney says his client should not be charged with murder.

Steven Crum says he is sorry. He claims this was only a hunting accident and says he just panicked, but investigators say Crum is still responsible for Butcher's death.

Steven Crum claims he did not mean to kill Harrison Butcher. Crum told investigators he was hunting in Williamsport Sunday the 2nd. He said the sun was in his eyes, but he fired a shot towards an area he thought there were turkeys.

“He heard what sounded to be a human gasping or asking for help, and he panicked, and he left the hillside rather rapidly,” Lt. Tom Wyatt said.

Investigators say the shot hit Butcher who was squirrel hunting.

Crum says he panicked because he is a convicted felon and cannot have a gun.

Crum told investigators he cut-up his shotgun with a hacksaw and threw it in the river, and told his family what happened.

Officers say his wife called 911, but tried to imply Butcher shot himself accidentally. When the Medical Examiner said the bullet did not come from Butcher's gun, Deputies say Crum confessed.

Deputies charged him with murder.

“Very unfair. I think there's no evidence this was murder. He was an ordinary person who got caught in an extraordinary circumstances. He accidentally shot someone. He panicked foolishly,” Attorney Ned Pillersdorf said.

Crum says through his attorney he is sorry.

Butcher's family was in court but were too upset to talk with us.

Now a grand jury will decide if Crum should be charged with murder.

Because this is a wanton murder case, not an intentional murder case, the judge reduced Crum's bond from half a million to one hundred thousand dollars.


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  • by Lyn Location: paintsville on Jun 14, 2009 at 01:59 AM
    well that was my cousin so i think the murder should go to jail!! for like ever!!! he should be injected with a needle!! he left my cousin in the woods to die!! what a low life!
  • by anoymous Location: martin, ky on Dec 15, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    To Mitch Could you tell what you would do? Would you leave a man to die, go cut up your gun, throw it in the river, wait almost a week and then decide hey I am so sorry. I want to turn myself in.
  • by anoymous Location: johnson on Dec 12, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    any reasonable person whoever hunted in their life would tell you that if they accidently shot and killed someone they would do every thing possible to first offer and assist aid to the victim, leave the person if only necessary to call for help return to the scene and be there when helped arrived if they were truly sorry. Besides a felon had no business being there anyway. Now a man is dead,a human life a hard working family man, a very loving father and husband and a man who loved life.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 at 01:27 AM
    TAKE A LOOK AT THE CRUM MAN ABOVE HE LOOKS PLUM EVIL
  • by micheal Location: paintsville on Nov 16, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    f!!!!! all u people that dont no sh!!!! about nothing that went on so shut your f!!!! mouth and i mean it
  • by Anonymous Location: johnson on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT DONT KNOW HEM NEEDS TO KEEP THERE MOUTH SHUT. HE IS A LOVEING FATHER AND HUSBOND.IT WAS AN ACCIDENT HE IS SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN SO PEOPLE NEED TO LEVE HIM ALONE.IF YOU DONT LIKE IT YOU CAN KISS WHERE THE SUN DONT SHINE.
  • by Michael Location: Paintsville on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:02 PM
    hey Kobie i think u need to shut ur mouth about someone you dont kno
  • by Mitch Location: Boonescamp on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    No one can say what they would do in the same situation as Steve faced. He will pay for this the rest of his life. Why can't people just keep their ignorant remarks to themselves.
  • by Ted on Nov 13, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    To > Posted by: michael on Nov 12, 2008 at 07:54 PM...Everything you say is total BS, how can you say your convict brother wont hurt anyone. not only has he hurt someone ,he murdered harrison. I hope he spends the rest of his sorry life in prison!
  • by confussed Location: martin,ky on Nov 13, 2008 at 02:15 PM
    Didnt he cut up the shoot gun with some kind of saw??? I sure do believe he understood the cutting of the gun didnt he???? Ned pillersdork next case!!!!
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