U.S. woman charged in hunting death in N.L. court
One of the two charges against an American woman accused of killing her husband while on a hunting trip in central Newfoundland was withdrawn on Tuesday morning during a brief court appearance in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Mary Beth Harshbarger is charged with shooting her husband, Mark Harshbarger, 43, in 2006 while they were hunting near Buchans Junction.
She has repeatedly said she thought he was a bear.
Harshbarger was charged with criminal negligence causing death and careless use of a firearm, but is now only facing the first charge.
"It was almost two years before charges were laid. Mark's family has always accused her of shooting him intentionally," said CBC News reporter David Zelcer.
Zelcer reports that the family says Harshbarger is an expert marksman and she recently had her husband increase his life insurance policy.
"In fact, after a court fight, she did get more than $500,000 from the insurance companies. The police recreated what happened and in 2008 they laid the charges against her."
She fought extradition to Canada to face the charges for years, but eventually surrendered to police in Scranton, Penn., at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
Mark Harshbarger's brother, Dean, told a U.S. television station he's happy to see progress is finally being made.
The Crown withdrew the one charge, saying Harshbarger can only be tried on the charge she was specifically extradited to face.
She is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing Wednesday.