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Woman charged in fatal shooting of man in southern Indiana wooded area

SALEM, Ind. (AP/WISH) — A 35-year-old woman has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in a wooded area behind her home in southern Indiana.

State police say Wednesday that Michael Walker, 55, was found dead after a 911 call was made to authorities about 3:15 p.m. Friday. Walker was found dead behind a home in the 1600 block of North Peacock Hollow Road, which is a rural area about 8 miles east of Salem.

Walker and two other men were looking for ginseng in the woods property behind the home. The men also had two dogs with them.

Police say at least one shot was fired in the direction of Walker and the dogs. State police believe Grainger fired a bullet that struck Walker.

Krystal N. Grangier, of Salem, was being held in the Washington County Jail. She was charged Monday in Washington Circuit Court with reckless homicide, false informing, and invasion of privacy. A pretrial conference was set for Dec. 2, and a jury trial was set for March 1.

Based on Grangier’s address on court documents, Walker was found dead behind her home.

Salem is a city of 6,200 about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.