LEVANT (AP) – A Newport man was hunting illegally when he shot his friend to death in woods off Route 222, the Maine Warden Service said.

Adam Nason, 20, fired the shot that killed James Griffin Jr., 21, of Levant at approximately 5 p.m., about 15 minutes after legal hunting ended on Nov. 8, Sgt. Patrick Devlin confirmed Monday.

Griffin and two cousins were hunting together and Nason, who arrived later in the day, fired the fatal shot as he sat on a tree stump and watched for deer, Devlin said.

Griffin was shot in the lower chest, Devlin said. A member of hunting party reported the shooting by cell phone shortly after 5 p.m. Legal hunting ended at 4:44 p.m., a half-hour after sunset.

All four members of the hunting party had licenses and wore blaze orange, Devlin said.

Warden Service officials met Monday with the Maine Attorney General’s Office to discuss whether charges will be filed, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said.

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