Michigan man charged in shooting of anti-abortion canvasser

ODESSA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan house owner has been charged with shooting and wounding an 84-year-old lady who was canvassing door-to-door in opposition to a proposed constitutional modification that might assure the appropriate to abortion in the state.

Richard Harvey was charged Friday on fees of felonious assault and reckless discharge of a firearm inflicting harm fees, Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler mentioned in a press release.

Harvey surrendered to authorities Friday morning and was being held in the county jail.

The State Police investigated the Sept. 20 shooting at Harvey’s residence in Odessa Township, a neighborhood about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, and submitted charging suggestions to the prosecutor’s office, Butler mentioned.

Harvey was being represented by a public defender, who has not not responded to a message searching for remark.

The canvasser, Joan Jacobson, advised investigators that she was asking a lady on the residence to vote in opposition to Proposal 3 in November when she was advised to go away. Jacobson advised The Detroit News for a narrative Thursday that she was headed to her automobile when she “heard a shot” and “felt some pain.”

Jacobson mentioned she then drove to an area police station and was later handled at a hospital.

Harvey, 74, advised WOOD-TV that he shot Jacobson unintentionally whereas she was arguing along with his spouse, and that he advised Jacobson quite a few occasions to go away their property.

Harvey advised the tv station that he fired a warning shot at a tree along with his spouse’s .22-caliber rifle. He mentioned the girl continued “ranting and raving” and waving a clipboard.

“I’m thinking she’s going to smack Sharon with it,” Richard Harvey mentioned. “So without thinking, I went to club it away with the rifle and my finger was still in the trigger guard. It went off and hit her.”

Jacobson, a long-time volunteer for Right to Life of Michigan, mentioned she by no means waved her clipboard.

The AP was unable to discover a phone quantity Friday for Harvey.

Abortion rights could be constitutionally assured in Michigan if Proposal 3 passes on Nov. 8. A 1931 state legislation makes it against the law to carry out most abortions, however the legislation was suspended in May and a choose this week struck it down as unconstitutional.

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