2 plead not guilty in death of gun store owner shot in class

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) — A firearms instructor and his daughter have pleaded not guilty to charges in the fatal shooting of a southwest Ohio gun store owner during a concealed carry class.

Mark Montgomery, of Amelia, and Katie Dunham, of Mariemont, were arraigned Wednesday in Batavia. Montgomery is charged with reckless homicide, and Dunham faces a charge of negligent homicide.

Montgomery was teaching a lesson on misfire malfunctions using plastic bullets in June. A student’s handgun fired a live round that went through a wall and struck 64-year-old James Baker in the neck while he sat in an adjacent room. Authorities say Dunham was helping her father teach the class.

Montgomery’s attorney says Baker was his client’s friend and the shooting was an accident.

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