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Work continues on case against Hobart father charged in 9-year-old daughter's unintended shooting
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Work continues on case against Hobart father charged in 9-year-old daughter's unintended shooting

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CROWN POINT — Attorneys continued work Friday on the criminal case against a Hobart father charged in the unintended shooting of his 9-year-old daughter during a gun safety lecture in June 2017.

Eric Hummel made a brief appearance Friday in Lake Criminal Court with defense attorney Paul Stracci, who requested Judge Clarence Murray schedule a new court hearing for Dec. 7. Deputy Prosecutor Quenton White said discovery in the case was ongoing.

Hummel, 34, has pleaded not guilty to charges of neglect of a dependent, battery and reckless homicide on allegations he shot Olivia Hummel June 10 at the family's Hobart home, court records state.

He told police in a statement he was warning his two sons about the danger of his 9 mm handgun. One son said his father pointed the gun at their sister and pulled the trigger, apparently unaware it was loaded.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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