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Man charged with killing Mechanicsville hunter in weekend shooting death

Posted at 12:32 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 12:45:20-05

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. -- A Mechanicsville man was killed Saturday afternoon deer hunting in the Suggetts Point area of Richmond County, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Keith Joseph Williams, 60, of Mechanicsville, was part of a large organized group of 45 to 50 hunters.

"Hunters were driving dogs and the victim [Mr. Williams] was in the woods in front of the drive," Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman Lee Walker said.

Wavely Alphonso Veney, Jr., 45, of Washington D.C., was on a logging road and saw movement which he believed was a deer, Walker said. Veney fired one round of buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun striking Williams in the chest and pelvis. Williams was flown to VCU Medical Center where he died.

Veney was charged with involuntary manslaughter, hunting without the proper licenses, violation of a protective order, reckless handling of a firearm and attempting to take deer unlawfully, after an investigation by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Veney was booked at the Northern Neck Regional Jail without bond.

Wavely Alphonso Veney (PHOTO: Northern Neck Regional Jail)

Wavely Alphonso Veney (PHOTO: Northern Neck Regional Jail)

Both Veney and Williams were wearing blaze orange at the time of the shooting, Walker said.

When reached by phone Monday, in an effort to learn more about Mr. Williams, family members were understandably too emotional to speak. Anyone with additional information can submit a news tip here.