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Hunter faces misdemeanor charge in shooting incident

Ceciley Nicole Smith, 22, of South Boston is facing a misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm charge stemming from a hunting accident Nov. 23, according to Conservation Police Officer Brandon Harris. The officer said he served the warrant on Smith Thursday morning.

Smith was hunting on Bold Springs Road with 36-year-old Bobby Joe Overby of Virgilina and another companion the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 23, when a deer ran between them, and Smith fired, striking Overby in the left side with a buckshot pellet.

Emergency personnel and law enforcement were called for the reported shooting accident and met Overby at Boston Lumber Company, where his hunting companions had taken him. The wounded man was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital and later airlifted to Duke University Medical Center.

Officer Harris said he had visited Overby on Tuesday in Duke Hospital, where he has remained since the day of the shooting. Harris said the Virgilina man is talking and taking brief walks but is facing a lengthy recovery.

“He is improving every day, but he has a long way to go,” Harris said. “There is no time line for his recovery.”

Harris said reckless handling of a firearm is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and/or up to 12 months in jail. In addition, anyone convicted of the charge is subject to forfeiture of his or her hunting license for one year up to life.