Man charged in brother's death at Utah campground

8:34 AM, Jun 10, 2012   |    comments
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WEST HAVEN, Utah -- A 27-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of his teenage brother during a camping trip in Utah.

Eric Charlton, of West Haven, was charged Friday with a second-degree felony count of manslaughter and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and carrying a dangerous weapon under the influence of alcohol.

His 17-year-old brother, Cameron, was shot in the head on May 28 while camping with family and friends at Yuba Lake State Park, about 110 miles south of Salt Lake City.   

According to court documents, the brothers and a friend were drinking around a campfire at about 3 a.m. when Eric Charlton began demonstrating firearm techniques. His .45-caliber handgun fired.

Investigators say Eric Charlton was distraught and the shooting was not intentional.   

Prosecutors say they felt charges were justified.

The Associated Press

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