Homicide charges filed in Grand County hunting death

The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has charged one man with homicide for the Nov. 9 shooting of a hunter in Grand County.

Harry Watkins, 52, is facing a charge of criminally negligent homicide after he allegedly shot and killed 26-year-old Simon Howell of West Virginia outside Kremmling.

Watkins and Howell were part of the same hunting party. They were in a remote area between Kremmling and Radium in Game Management Unit 27 when Howell was shot, according to the DA’s office.

“The rules of hunting safety exist to keep this exact kind of tragedy from happening,” District Attorney Matt Karzen said in a news release announcing Watkins had been charged. “Complacency and lack of discipline is all it takes for someone to be killed.”

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