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Trial begins for muzzleloader accused of shooting, killing bowhunter in San Juan National Forest

Pennsylvania man charged with criminal negligent homicide and hunting in a careless manner

A trial began this week for a muzzleloader hunter accused in the shooting death of a bowhunter on Sept. 17, 2021.

Ronald Morosko, of Pennsylvania, faces charges of criminal negligent homicide and hunting in a careless manner in the death of Gregory Gabrisch of Texas.

The two were hunting separately for elk when the incident occurred near the Kilpacker Trail in the San Juan National Forest within Dolores County.


Jury selection took place Monday and Tuesday for the trial at the Dolores County Courthouse in Dove Creek.

A 12-person jury and an alternate juror were chosen from 90 candidates Tuesday evening after lengthy questioning from prosecuting and defending attorneys. The attorneys are scheduled to give opening statements at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The case is being held in front of Chief District Judge Todd Plewe. The prosecutors are 22nd Judicial District Attorney Matt Margeson and Deputy Attorney Jeremy Reed. Morosko is represented by defense attorney’s Kenneth Pace and Heather Little.

The jury selection process continued into Tuesday afternoon.

Once a jury is chosen, the trial will be broadcast live via WebEx Events from courtroom video and audio equipment. The jury selection process was not broadcast, and jurors will not be shown during the WebEx broadcast. The link to the broadcast is available on the 22nd Judicial District website.

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