Michael Bryce Underwood (Jail photo)
MONTAGUE (October 15, 2013)—Michael Bryce Underwood, 17, is named in an indictment charging manslaughter stemming from the shooting death of a North Texas high school football standout.
The Montague County Grand Jury handed up the indictment on Monday.
Manslaughter is a second-degree felony and carries a potential sentence of two to 20 years in prison.
Denton Guyer High School football player Nathan Maki, 18, was shot to death on Aug. 31 while on a campout with Underwood and two 18-year-old women.
The four teens had planned to go hunting.
Underwood placed an emotional call to authorities, telling a dispatcher they “were hunting coyotes and he accidentally shot (Maki) in the head.”
Maki, a senior fullback and linebacker on the defending Class 4A Division I state championship team, was found late at night with a gunshot wound to the head in a pickup truck in a field close to Bowie.
He died later at Bowie Memorial Hospital.
Authorities at the time said the shooting appeared to have been accidental.
“At this time there's no evidence of this being an intentional shooting, and it’s an extreme tragedy to all those involved,” Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham said at the time.
Underwood was arrested at the scene on a charge of underage possession of alcohol and later released on bond.
Denton Guyer won the Class 4A Division I state championship last season.
Head coach John Walsh described Maki as a leader both on and off the field.