Supreme Court grants woman bail

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Harshbarger released on $200,000 cash deposit

An American woman extradited to this country to answer to a charge of criminal negligence causing death has been granted bail in Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Mary Beth Harshbarger, 45, of Meshpoppen, Penn., was denied bail in late May by a provincial court judge, however her lawyer referred that decision to the Supreme Court for a review.

Mary Beth Harshbarger is led from Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor having been granted bail Tuesday. She had previously been denied bail in late May. Harshbarger was extradited to this country from the United States May 17 to answer to a charge of cri

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An American woman extradited to this country to answer to a charge of criminal negligence causing death has been granted bail in Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Mary Beth Harshbarger, 45, of Meshpoppen, Penn., was denied bail in late May by a provincial court judge, however her lawyer referred that decision to the Supreme Court for a review.

Justice Kendra Goulding released Harshbarger on her own recognizance Tuesday pending a $200,000 cash deposit to the court. The accused must remain in the province, keep the peace and be of good behaviour, report once a week to the Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP and give the RCMP 24 hours' notice if she changes her place of residence.

She is also prohibited from having any firearms, ammunition or explosive devices in her possession.

Harshbarger had appealed her extradition to Canada, but arrived in this province May 17 to answer to a charge she allegedly was negligent in her use of a firearm on the evening of Sept. 14, 2006 near Buchans Junction.

She said several times that she mistook her husband for a bear.

Mark Harshbarger's family has maintained Harshbarger shot him intentionally.

The couple's young son and daughter were with the Harshbargers on their hunting trip.

The shooting happened in the early evening; Mark Harshbarger had not been wearing hunter's orange, but dark clothing.

RCMP officers later re-enacted the events and said it had been too dark to hunt safely.

There is no date set in provincial court for Harshbarger's election and plea, but a date is expected to be announced later this week.

Organizations: Supreme Court, RCMP

Geographic location: Grand Falls, Canada, Buchans Junction

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