Schroeder makes initial hearing

The man accused of shooting a La Crosse teenager while hunting and then leaving him to die made his initial appearance in Monroe County court today.
Twenty-four year-old Russell Schroeder is charged with reckless homicide and reckless injury in the shooting death of 17-year-old Seth Hammes

According to the criminal complaint, Schroeder told authorities he thought he was shooting at an animal when he heard Hammes scream....a video camera Hammes was using then recorded Schroeder saying he would go for help......something prosecutors say he never did....

The charges against Schroeder carry a maximum sentence of up to 85 years in prison.
Schroeder's next court appearance will be Thursday for a preliminary hearing.