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Target shooter charged with negligent homicide in accidental death of 14-year-old Ogden boy

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 20:16:13-05

RICH COUNTY, Utah -- A woman has been charged with negligent homicide for the accidental shooting of an Ogden teen in September.

Kayleen Richins, 40, was indicted Monday for one count of negligent homicide, a class-A misdemeanor after 14-year-old Zackary Kempke of Ogden was shot in the head while riding in a jeep with his family in September in Rich County.

According to a probable cause statement released with the indictment, Richins and her family were shooting at a paper target on September 23, in the Eli Ridge area of the Monte Cristo Mountain Range, halfway between Woodruff and Huntsville.

Richins was unaware that there was a road behind the target, the probable cause statement said, due to the fact that the road was not immediately apparent from where she was firing the rifle.

While Richins was shooting at the target, the probable cause statement said that the Kempke family was driving on the road that was not visible to see fall leaves. The family was driving through an aspen forest along the dirt road, when a single round pierced the jeep, causing Zackary's immediate death, the statement said.

Following the death of Zackary, the Kempke family urged shooters to be aware of their surroundings while shooting.

“Know where that bullet is going to be when it leaves the barrel of the gun, where its going to end up,” Zackary’s uncle, Cory Hopkins, said.  “None of this would have happened if they had.”