nwfdailynews.com: Trial set for man charged with killing bears

FORT WALTON BEACH — The question of who fired the shots that killed two black bears in Ralph Ward’s yard will be debated in front of a judge, not a jury, if the criminal case against him makes it to trial.

A first-degree misdemeanor charge of illegally discharging a firearm was dropped at a court hearing Wednesday, and Assistant State Attorney Ginger Madden announced she would not seek jail time for Ward, according to his attorney, Glenn Swiatek.

Read the entire February 27, 2014, article by Tom McLaughlin at nwfdailynews.com