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Welch man convicted of involuntary manslaughter

WELCH, W.Va. -- A McDowell County man who claimed a camera flash caused him to accidentally shoot and kill his wife has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

A jury Wednesday found 45-year-old Victor Horn guilty of involuntary manslaughter, wanton endangerment and child neglect in the February 2011 death of his wife, Madeline. He was originally charged with first-degree murder.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported that Horn was holding a gun while posing for a picture with his 12-year-old son.

Horn said that when the flash of the camera went off, he lowered or dropped the gun and it accidentally went off when he tried to grab it. Prosecutors argued Horn would've had to go through a five-step process for it to go off as he claimed.

 


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