Hope man charged with manslaughter in shooting death of hunting partner near Chicken

A man from Hope, Alaska, was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide Tuesday after shooting a hunting partner near Chicken, Alaska.

Robert Geller, 42, was hunting with Michael Easley,74, of Wasilla and his son Kevin Easley on September 11. at the time of the shooting.

Michael Easley was walking toward a valley around 8:50 p.m. where he had shot a moose earlier. Kevin Easley and Geller started calling for a moose from a perch, the affidavit said. Geller and Easley noticed a bull moose about 100 yards away, and Easley warned Geller to be careful since his father was not in the camp. Both men agreed not to shoot because of the darkness.

While the two men watched the moose 100 yards away, they heard something closer to them in the brush. Geller said he could see the moose and took the shot.

Kevin’s dad Michael was shot and yelled out immediately for help.

According to troopers, an army helicopter crew flew out to transport Michael Easley to a Fairbanks hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Geller later admitted to investigators that he could not see what he was shooting at. The investigators found that Michael Easley was shot at 21 yards with Gellers 50. caliber muzzleloader.

Geller was arrested Tuesday at his home in Hope and is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.