Grand Jury Will Take Up Case of Denton Guyer Teen Shooting Next Month

By Eric King
|  Friday, Sep 13, 2013  |  Updated 4:29 PM CDT
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Denton Guyer Teen Shooting Goes to Grand Jury Next Month

Denton Guyer teen Nathan Maki.

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The Montague County District Attorney says the grand jury will not hear the case of Michael Bryce Underwood, 17, until next month.

Investigators say a rifle held by Underwood discharged and a bullet struck Denton Guyer High School senior Nathan Maki in the head killing him on August 31.

District Attorney Paige Williams said the Grand Jury was presented 30 cases and chose to table the case until next month so more time could be devoted to it.

Friday, the District Attorney released the search warrant tied to the investigation of the shooting.

The warrant says a Montague county investigator arrived at the shooting scene and found an unresponsive individual in the driver's seat of a truck.

Investigators say Michael Underwood stated to emergency responders that he and the injured subject were hunting and he was outside the vehicle taking aim on an animal and discharged his weapon accidentally causing injury to Nathan Maki.

In a press conference on September 3, Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said when officers arrived at the scene, Underwood was emotional and visibly upset. Cunningham said there was no evidence the shooting was intentional and he reiterated that it appeared to have been a tragic accident.

Underwood was arrested at the scene for consumption of alcohol by a minor. He posted bond and was released.

There were two female witnesses at the camp site, ages 16 and 19, who left the scene after the shooting, who have been interviewed in the case. Their names have not been released. Cunningham said he did not know if they consumed any alcohol at the camp site and that investigators would likely be talking with them more as the investigation continued.

Officials said whether Underwood faces any charges, which may include deadly conduct or criminal neglect, will be left up to the grand jury.

District Attorney Paige Williams says her office has a policy that all unnatural deaths go before a grand jury.

Maki was laid to rest last Thursday. That same night, the Guyer football team, of which Maki was a member, honored him by presenting his family with a jersey and a video montage during the game.

The next grand jury meets on October 14. NBC 5 has made requests for the 911 calls the night of the shooting. The District Attorney has not said when they will be released.

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