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UPDATE: Man indicted for homicide after deadly hunting incident

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GRUNDY COUNTY, TN -

UPDATE: A grand jury indicted 45-year-old Robin R. Smartt Jr. in connection to the fatal shooting of 44-year-old Chadwick Killian.

The case was presented by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigators. 

Smartt was indicted on a count of reckless homicide and possession of a firearm during a dangerous crime. A bond will be set in open court on Nov. 20.


A deadly hunting accident in Grundy County is now being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says deputies were called out to Northcutts Cove Road for a hunting accident.  

"When deputies arrived they found one man giving another man CPR, asking for help, just didn't know exactly what was going on at the time," said Sheriff Clint Shrum.

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They found 44-year-old Chad Killian with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Killian was taken to the hospital and later died from his injuries.

Sheriff Shrum says he was with another man at the time of the accident. 45-year-old Robin Smartt told deputies Killian was shot during a hunting accident, but the Sheriff says "not all of the facts add up," and now wants the TBI to investigate.

"The initial story that we got was that somebody may have fallen out of a tree stand," Sheriff Shrum said, "Once we got into the investigation we found out that that was not the case."

Smartt told another deputy they were hunting coyotes that were killing their chickens.
    
So with conflicting stories, The TBI is taking over the death investigation, and the TWRA is looking into the fact that guns were being used during archery season.

"That's why we contacted TWRA because there was shotguns involved," Sheriff Shrum said, "So we have them looking into that side of why these men were in the woods with shotguns."

Channel 3 spoke to family members at the home on Northcutts Cove Road. The family hopes the TBI's investigation brings them some more answers, and brings the family peace.

We will update this story as soon as we get more information.

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