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on October 10, 2013

Man indicted on manslaughter charge in Moark egg farm shooting case

Prosecutors believe fatal shooting was accidental, but possibly done with criminal negligence

A man accused of fatally shooting an employee at a Moark egg farm in Turner, Maine, has been indicted by a grand jury on a manslaughter charge. Michael Warbin, Franklin, Conn., allegedly shot Manuel Adame, Lewiston, Maine, on August 19.

According to news reports, Warbin had been contracted to clear the barn of rodents and stray chickens. While on the job, he allegedly fired a shot with a .22 caliber rifle in a poorly lit 500-foot long barn, which wounded Adame. Prosecutors have said they believe the egg farm shooting was accidental, but a manslaughter charge is still applicable if the act was done with criminal negligence.

Officials said Adame collapsed while trying to leave the Moark barn and died while he was being taken to a hospital in nearby Lewiston. The state medical examiner's office said he died of a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. 

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