When a woman was shot and killed on the final day of deer season in 1992, it was quickly classified as a most tragic hunting accident. One person—Det. Sgt. Bob Ball of the Michigan State Police—was unconvinced. His investigation was triggered by a strangely worded letter discovered in a box of sweaters. He still had little to go on but his own intuition, until a volunteer armed with a slingshot, marbles and a metal detector found a spent bullet buried in the leaves and snow. However, it would take months of incredibly dogged police work to gather enough evidence to arrest the elusive man who had seemingly perpetrated the perfect crime.
The tension was almost unbearable when the case finally came to trial, matching a youthful prosecuting attorney against the most tenacious defense attorney in the Upper Peninsula. The specter of “reasonable doubt” weighed heavily as the jury began to deliberate: hunting accident or murder?