Harshbarger pleads not guilty

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Grand Falls-Windsor -

Mary Beth Harshbarger, the American woman who claims she thought her husband was a bear when she shot him dead during a hunting trip near Buchans Junction in 2006, pleaded not guilty to criminal negligence causing death in Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor this afternoon.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, with a September trial expected.
Last week, Harshbarger waived her right to a preliminary hearing in provincial court and has opted to be tried in Supreme Court by a judge alone.
Harshbarger, 45, of Meshoppen, Penn., was extradited to this country to answer the charge.
She was denied bail in late May by a provincial court judge, but her lawyer asked to have that decision reviewed by the Supreme Court.
On June 8, Justice Kendra Goulding told Harshbarger she would release her on her own recognizance once a $200,000 cash deposit was secured by the court, but she's still in custody because the conditions of her bail were not met.
Harshbarger has said she mistook her husband, Mark, for a bear on the night of Sept. 14, 2006.
Mark Harshbarger's family contends she shot him intentionally.

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Grand Falls, Buchans Junction, Grand Falls-Windsor Meshoppen

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