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Man appears in turkey hunt shooting

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A Minnesota man charged with a felony in connection with the shooting of another man while turkey hunting in the town of Somerset last April appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court Thursday.

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Anthony P. Cardarelli, 27, White Bear Lake, Minn., posted a $1,000 signature bond Oct. 24, on one count of second-degree reckless endangerment.

The criminal complaint said Jerry Cusick suffered numerous shotgun pellet wounds to his face and chest when deputies and a game warden arrived about 7:23 a.m. April 30.

Cusick told investigators he was walking on a trail in the woods scouting out turkey hunting areas when he was shot by a hunter in the area. Cardarelli told investigators he was set up in a ditch in full camouflage gear with a decoy when he heard movement behind him. He saw a white spot and fired then heard someone scream and called 911, the criminal complaint said.

The incident occurred about one-quarter mile south of 1982 80th Street. Cusick suffered some 58 pellet wound to his body. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 9.

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