Homicide

Special jury finds Montana teen who shot friend to be justified in killing

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by Regina Culver shows her 17-year-old son, Seth Culver. Culver shot and killed a 15-year-old friend knocking on Culver's bedroom window late at night.  A special jury that had convened for an inquest into the May shooting death of Montana teenager, MacKeon "Mackey" Schulte at the hands of his friend has found the shooter committed justifiable homicide. (Regina Culver via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by Regina Culver shows her 17-year-old son, Seth Culver. Culver shot and killed a 15-year-old friend knocking on Culver's bedroom window late at night. A special jury that had convened for an inquest into the May shooting death of Montana teenager, MacKeon "Mackey" Schulte at the hands of his friend has found the shooter committed justifiable homicide. (Regina Culver via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by Regina Culver shows MacKeon Schulte, 15, of Billings, Mont. Authorities say Schulte was shot and killed after knocking on the window of a close friend. A special jury that had convened for an inquest into the May shooting death of Schulte at the hands of his friend Seth Culver, 17, has found the shooter committed justifiable homicide. (Regina Culver via AP,File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by Regina Culver shows MacKeon Schulte, 15, of Billings, Mont. Authorities say Schulte was shot and killed after knocking on the window of a close friend. A special jury that had convened for an inquest into the May shooting death of Schulte at the hands of his friend Seth Culver, 17, has found the shooter committed justifiable homicide. (Regina Culver via AP,File)  (The Associated Press)

A special jury that had convened for an inquest into the May shooting death of a teenager at the hands of his friend has found the shooter committed justifiable homicide.

Seventeen-year-old Seth Culver shot and killed 15-year-old MacKeon "Mackey" Schulte when the younger boy knocked on his bedroom window late at night.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1OSi7zw ) the jury ruled Wednesday that Culver was justified in shooting the victim, who he thought was an intruder, and ruled the act was not criminal.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says his office will determine whether charges will be sought, and he will be speaking with the two attorneys involved on Thursday. He is able to decline the jury's finding and still prosecute the case.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com