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One killed in Sampson County hunting accident

Posted December 28, 2009 11:31 a.m. EST

— A Benson man was killed in a Christmas Eve hunting accident on a Sampson County hunting reserve, authorities said Monday.

Edward Allen Raynor Jr., 28, was with a group hunting deer on private property about 3 miles outside of Garland when he was shot and killed by Sanford Walter Smith, a member of the same hunting party, at about 2 p.m. Dec. 24, said Sgt. Andrew Waldrop of the state Wildlife Resources Commission.

Waldrop said the shooting remains under investigation, and officers plan to meet with local prosecutors to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted in the case.