GUNZ: Hope Man Charged in Shooting Death of Wasilla Hunting Partner Near Chicken

Robert Geller, 42, had been hunting with 74-year-old Michael Easley of Wasilla and his son Kevin Easley on Sept. 11 about 8.5 miles from the Taylor Highway at the time of the shooting, according to an affidavit filed against Geller.

Around 8:50 p.m. that day, Michael Easley was walking toward a valley where he’d shot a moose earlier as Kevin Easley and Geller started calling for moose from a rocky perch, the affidavit said. Kevin Easley and Geller noticed bull moose coming toward their camp, and Kevin Easley warned Geller to be careful because his father was not in the tent or at camp, the affidavit said. He told Geller not to shoot, and the affidavit said both men agreed not to shoot because of the darkness.

The two men saw a moose about 100 yards to their right but heard something closer to them in the brush, and Geller said he could see the moose “before surprisingly shooting his rifle,” the affidavit said.

◾️An Army helicopter took Michael Easley to a Fairbanks hospital, he was pronounced dead.

◾️Geller told police he could not see clearly. 

◾️Geller shot Easley from about 21 yards.

◾️Geller has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

◾️He’s being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

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