Officials: College Student Looking For Frogs, Shot By Deer Hunter

Officials in Virginia say a college student was shot to death while collecting frogs for biology class by a hunter who mistook her and her classmates for deer.

A Ferrum College spokeswoman says three students were collecting frogs Tuesday afternoon along a trail a mile west of campus.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says 23-year-old Jessica Goode was shot and killed and 20-year-old Regis J. Boudinot was shot in the hand. The third student wasn't hurt.

Department Sgt. Karl Martin says 31-year-old Jason David Cloutier of Ferrum was charged with manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm and trespassing.

Cloutier's bond was set at $20,000 and court officials say he doesn't yet have a lawyer.


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  • by angel Location: williamston, NC on Dec 29, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Wow that is crazy i hate hunters, y r they always trying to kill deer for no reason. i can understand if u r to eat but just for the sport that is wrong.
  • by JBW on Nov 24, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    It's quite a shame that most of you have forgotten that there is a family who has lost their child. Where is the RESPECT for others?
  • by From Edenton on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:32 AM
    Ya'll ever had the brain synapse that perhaps BOTH parties were at fault?? The hunter should have been far more careful, and checked, and rechecked what he saw before he shot. She, on the other hand, should've had a lick of sense in her head not to prance through the woods during prime deer season without blaze orange on her somewhere. Just a thought there, ya know, it IS possible for two poor decisions to end up with a result as tragic as this.
  • by Me Location: Here on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    Sounds great Baker. Let me know when you get in touch with reality.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    My deepest condolence's and sympathy to the victims families. It is such a tragic incident.
  • by DK Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:55 PM
    Dont matter if you hunt or not, on private land or not, wear orange. This is a perfect example why you should. If hunters wear it for their safety, then why wouldnt you?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    J of Gville: no matter if they were wearing blaze orange or were naked, who ever shot them should be charged with murder. A HUMAN DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A DEER. Cris, come on lots of people have no respect, just listen to the thugs, according to them they all want respect, but non show respect.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Nov 23, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    Again, there is no such thing as an accidental shooting. This man just murdered someone and wounded another.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Nov 23, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    No problem "Me", let me know when you finish 5th grade. Baykhhhha!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    J, There is no indication that the students were just frolicking thru the woods during deer season without a care in the world. Maybe they were SUPPOSED to be there and the hunter was not, hence he was charged with trespassing? I am an avid hunter and fisherman myself and Meg hit the nail on the head. People do not respect private property anymore than they respect themselves! It is always the poor poor deer hunters from god knows where leasing 10 acres of land and turning out 50 walker hounds in hopes of killing a deer, on ANYONE'S land. After 30 years of hunting I have NEVER seen a human walking through the woods or field that resembled a deeer. I suppose if they were wearing brown fur coats with white highlight's and walking around on all 4's... I might could see that it would get a second glance, they might be furries (sp?) who knows. What can't be said enough is this, DO NOT SHOOT SOMETHING WITHOUT POSITIVELY IDENTIFYING IT!!!! I am not going to just blindly shoot at anything!
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