Negligence charge dismissed against U.S. hunter who killed her husband
Mary Beth Harshbarger speeks to her lawyer after being found not guilty in Grand Falls-Windsor this morning. — Transcontinental Media photo
Mary Beth Harshbarger had no comment for the media but could be heard sobbing in a back room after she was found not guilty in Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor Friday.
Justice Richard LeBlanc said the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mary Beth was guilty of criminal negligence causing death when she shot her husband, Mark Harshbarger, to death on Sept. 14, 2006.
LeBlanc called the shooting “a constellation of unfortunate facts,” borrowing a phrase used by defence lawyer Karl Inder several times over the course of Mary Beth’s two-week trial.
LeBlanc’s decision ended the four-year-old court case.
The Harshbargers — both experienced hunters — and their two young children had been in Buchans Junction on a hunting trip from Meshoppen, Pa.
The children were sitting with their mother in the back of an open pickup truck.
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