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Published March 07, 2013, 03:23 PM

No charges in Minnesota teen's arrow death

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor says a teenage boy won't be charged in a bow-and-arrow accident that killed his 16-year-old friend last fall.

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor says a teenage boy won't be charged in a bow-and-arrow accident that killed his 16-year-old friend last fall.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says there is no evidence that the 16-year-old intended to shoot the arrow at Spencer Swanson or to injure him.

The boy had just received a compound bow and wanted to show it to Swanson last October. Swanson was riding his bicycle near his home in Chaska (CHAS'-kuh) when the boy lost his grip on the bow string, and the blunt, tipless arrow shot about 94 feet and struck Swanson in the forehead.

Swanson died at a hospital two days later.

Dakota County handled the case to avoid a conflict of interest for the Carver County attorney.

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