Mary Beth Harshbarger (born February 19,
1965) is an American woman who rose to media attention when she shot
her husband, Mark Harshbarger, during a hunting trip in Newfoundland,
Canada. Her subsequent controversial claim that she mistook her
husband to be a black bear has been subject to a lengthy investigation
Harshbarger was born Eddie Charles Kinter in
Meshoppen, She transitioned into being a woman in the early 1980s in
Pennsylvania. On June 23, 2001, she married Mark Harshbarger with whom
she had two children.
On September 14, 2006, Mary Beth, her husband Mark
and their two young children, and Mark’s brother Barry Harshbarger,
were on a hunting trip outside of Buchans Junction in the Canadian
province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The facts of the case state
that Mary Beth was sitting in the back of a Chevy pickup truck with
her children, armed with a rifle, on a logging road late in the day.
She waited with her children while Mark and a local hunting guide
walked through the nearby spruce woods in the hopes of flushing out a
black bear. Barry was at a hunting blind elsewhere in the woods.
Mark began to walk back toward the truck with the
guide, the guide stopping to urinate in the woods. At this point Mark
walked towards the van, ahead of the guide, in dark clothing without
an orange hunting hat or vest to improve his visibility. At 7:55 pm
(NT) As he emerged from the woods, Mary Beth told police that she saw
a dark shape that she believed was a black bear, and fired using her
armed rifle. What she shot was not a black bear however, but was
instead her husband Mark. When he was shot, Mark Harshbarger was
approximately 200 feet from the truck in which his wife Mary Beth and
two children were seated. In recounting the incident to RCMP officers
at the lodge where they were staying immediately after the shooting,
Mary Beth said she had looked through the scope twice to make sure
what she was seeing really was a bear. She insisted that she had not
seen the blue of Mark Harshbarger’s pants, but instead seen the black
of a bear.
According to Dr. Nash Denic, the St. John’s,
Newfoundland pathologist who autopsied him, Mark Harshberger died of
one gunshot wound to the abdomen. Dr. Denic revealed during Mary Beth
Harshberger’s trial that Mark would most likely have been leaning over
when he was struck by a bullet.
Following a lengthy investigation, Canadian
officials issued charges in April 2008. After several years of
appeals, Mary Beth Harshbarger was ordered by U.S. District Judge
Thomas I. Vanaskie to surrender to the U.S. Marshals Service by 2pm on
May 14, 2010. She was then extradited to Canada to stand trial for
criminal negligence in the case of her husband’s shooting in 2006.
Mary Beth Harshbarger arrived in Newfoundland on May 17 to face the
charges. If convicted, Mary Beth faced a minimum of four years in
Prior to the trial, Mark Harshbarger’s father
Leonard Harshbarger was quoted in the media as saying “It isn’t an
accident to mistake someone for something else and kill him. That’s a
negligent act, and I hope and believe justice will be served”.
Mary Beth Harshbarger was tried in the Newfoundland
and Labrador Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor on a count of
criminal negligence. The case was heard without a jury in the
courtroom of Justice Richard LeBlanc.
During the trial both Mary Beth and Harshbarger’s
family responded emotionally when a video depicting Mark Harshbarger’s
body was shown in the courtroom. The video showed Mark Harshbarger’s
body on the ground, with a bullet hole visible on the bib of his blue
During a re-enactment that was used as evidence by
the defense during the trial, hunting guide Lambert Greene and Reg
White owner of the Moosehead Lodge where the Harshbargers stayed
during their trip, said what they saw through Harshbarger’s rifle
scope looked more animal than human. Police who conducted two
re-enactments said that all they could make out through Mary Beth’s
rifle scope was a “black mass” and that it was “plausible” that she
thought she was aiming at a bear. The prosecution argued that Mary
Beth knew her husband was in those woods, and that it was possible he
would be emerging from the site at any time, wearing dark clothing.
Mary Beth was found not guilty of criminal
negligence causing death in the shooting death of her husband while on
their hunting trip outside of Buchans Junction in September 2006.
Justice Richard LeBlanc concluded that the Crown had failed to prove
Harshbarger displayed a complete disregard for the safety of others,
and that the death was “a result of an accident and nothing more."
While Mary Beth maintained that she believed she
shot at a bear and that her mistake could be attributed to her poor
visibility and Mark’s dark clothing, the Harshbarger family has
insisted that the shooting was deliberate. They maintain that Mary
Beth is an experienced hunter and markswoman who knew exactly what she
was looking at that day.
There are reports that Mary Beth had increased her
husband Mark’s life insurance not long before the hunting trip. Mary
Beth collected on life insurance policies worth $550,000 (US). Mark
Harshbarger’s family noted that despite collecting on the policies,
Mary Beth failed to post her $200,000 bail.
After Mark Harshbarger’s death from injuries
sustained during the shooting incident, his brother Barry Harshbarger
moved into the marital home that his brother had shared with Mary
Beth. However, when Mary Beth Harshbarger left the home to stand trial
in Canada in May 2011, Barry Harshbarger engaged in a relationship
with another woman who is now his wife.
Following the trial on November 1, 2011, Mark
Harshbarger’s brother Barry Harshbarger obtained a temporary
protection from abuse order (PFA) against Mary Beth, citing ‘I am in
fear for my life’ due to her unstable behaviour and past violence. In
the order Barry Harshbarger wrote that Mary Beth had threatened him by
pointing a loaded rifle at him at some point prior to October 18,
2011. Court date has been set for December 2, 2011 after a
rescheduling by the judge. The protection order includes Barry's
father and siblings and their respective families. Barry also seeks
return of 130 guns which he states are his and in Mary Beth
Harshbarger's possession. After a contested hearing, the judge found
that the evidence was not enough to keep the protective order in
In Mary Beth’s defense, Dr. Denic, the pathologist
that conducted an autopsy on Mark Harshbarger after his fatal accident
concluded that Mark was most likely learning or hunched over when he
was struck by the bullet. The issue of his posture was significant to
the trial as Mary Beth had steadily maintained that she thought her
husband was a black bear. Several witnesses during the trial suggested
that it was too dark for any hunter to have shot with confidence.
The shooting incident that ultimately killed Mark
Harshbarger and the subsequent trial of his wife Mary Beth Harshbarger
have garnered significant media interest. The story was televised by
Dateline NBC under the title "As Darkness Fell", The Fifth Estate in a
special entitled "Til Death Do Us Part" and Snapped on the Oxygen
Network. Outdoor Canada magazine conducted an in-depth investigative
report into the story in their Winter 2010 issue entitled ‘Another
Fine Day Afield’.
Harshbarger saga ends with no appeal
By Sue Bailey - TheWesternStar.com
October 29, 2010
ST. JOHN’S — It appears the legal saga of a U.S.
woman cleared of criminal negligence in the shooting death of her
husband in Newfoundland has taken its last turn.
The Crown said Friday it will not appeal the Oct. 1
ruling that found Mary Beth Harshbarger not guilty after firing a
single shot that killed her husband Mark four years ago on a hunting
trip near Buchans Junction.
The 45-year-old woman from Meshoppen, Pa., always
said she thought the “big black thing” she saw through her rifle scope
on Sept. 14, 2006, was a bear.
In tragic fact, it was Mark Harshbarger, 42, who
died when the blast from the rifle he’d given his wife for Christmas
ripped through his abdomen.
Crown attorney Mark Linehan said there aren’t
sufficient grounds to challenge the acquittal.
“The Crown can only appeal in Canada if the trial
judge makes an error of law,” he said in an interview. “It can’t be on
the basis of a dispute over the facts or a disagreement in relation to
the interpretation of facts.
“It must be on a question of law alone.”
Linehan said senior lawyers reviewed the file and
concluded the judge correctly applied the test for proving criminal
negligence causing death, as set down by the Supreme Court of Canada.
“He applied the facts that he accepted to that law,
to the test, and determined that the case was not met by the Crown. So
therefore, we don’t have the basis for an appeal.”
Justice Richard LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of
Newfoundland and Labrador found Harshbarger not guilty after a
nine-day trial by judge alone.
He blamed “a constellation of unfortunate facts”
that led Harshbarger to believe she was shooting at a bear.
With a whoop of celebration and a blast of music,
the free woman left the court parking lot just after the verdict in a
white Mercedes driven by her defence lawyer.
The victim’s father, Leonard (Lee) Harshbarger,
expressed heartbroken disappointment Friday that there will be no
“I don’t think the whole thing was fair,” said the
77-year-old retired conservation officer. “You shouldn’t be able to
shoot and kill somebody and just walk away and say: ’I thought it was
an animal.’ There should be consequences.”
His son’s death has bitterly divided the family and
estranged Lee Harshbarger from his daughter-in-law and two young
He was in court every day of the trial in Grand
Falls-Windsor, N.L., along with his companion Carol, another son and
“It was wrongful death,” the grieving father said.
“Definitely it was wrongful death. But I don’t think that I will file
a civil suit.”
Crown attorney Karen O’Reilly had argued that Mary
Beth Harshbarger, an avid hunter who described herself as a good shot,
ignored the “huge risk” she created when she fired soon after the sun
But LeBlanc ruled that the prosecution failed to
prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Harshbarger recklessly ignored
the standard of care expected of hunters in such circumstances.
The defence cast the incident as a horrific
LeBlanc concluded that Harshbarger shot that night
sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. — when daylight was quickly
fading but still within the half-hour after sunset that hunting is
Harshbarger was standing in the back of a pickup
truck, her four-year-old daughter and baby son seated inside the cab,
when she fired at what she described as “a big black thing” about 60
The judge cited a pathologist’s evidence that Mark
Harshbarger was leaning forward when he was hit by a single blast to
the abdomen that killed him on the spot.
At the time, the victim was walking along a deeply
rutted logging trail overgrown with tall grass. The rough terrain led
him to walk in zigzag movements that could well have been mistaken for
those of a black bear because he was wearing dark blue clothes and no
hunter safety orange gear, the judge ruled.
Moreover, the victim went into the woods with his
hunting guide but emerged alone in the dusk when the other man briefly
stopped to urinate.
LeBlanc highlighted the testimony of hunting guide
Lambert Greene and Reg White, owner of the Moosehead hunting lodge
where the Harshbargers had stayed.
Both men are experienced hunters who took part in
police re-enactments of the shooting. Both men said that what they saw
through Mary Beth Harshbarger’s rifle scope looked more like an animal
than a human.
Lee Harshbarger said the judge’s decision sends a
dangerous message that it’s OK for hunters to fire on targets that
they haven’t clearly identified.
Positively confirming a target before shooting is a
cardinal rule of hunting, he said.
He and other family members have publicly said
crucial evidence that might have exposed Mary Beth Harshbarger’s state
of mind and true intent was never entered in court.
Linehan said the Crown entered whatever evidence
was relevant to supporting the specific charge.
“I’m familiar with some of the commentary. And some
of the pieces of evidence that have been spoken about in the media
wouldn’t be relevant to the charge of criminal negligence causing
Lee Harshbarger says he will always believe that
the trial put too much stress on his son’s dark clothing, and not
enough on basic hunter safety.
Still, news that there will be no appeal means it’s
time for the family to try to move on, he said.
“I guess that’s about as far as we can go. We
Mary Beth Harshbarger found not guilty
October 1, 2010
Mary Beth Harshbarger was found not guilty today of
criminal negligence causing death in the shooting death of her husband
while on a hunting trip outside Buchans Junction in September 2006.
Harshbarger, 45, from Meshoppen, Pennsylvania, has
always claimed she thought her husband — Mark Harshbarger — was a
Justice Richard LeBlanc handed down the verdict
this morning in Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in Grand
Falls-Windsor. Harshbarger was extradited to Grand Falls-Windsor
earlier this year to answer to the charge.
In a lengthy ruling, Leblanc concluded that the
Crown failed to prove Harshbarger displayed a complete disregard for
the safety of others, and that the death was “a result of an accident
and nothing more.”
Harshbarger did not speak to media following the
ruling. Her lawyer, Karl Inder, however, said she simply wanted to
return home to be with her children.
Mary Beth, Mark and their two young children, and
Mark's brother Barry Harshbarger, were on a hunting trip outside
Buchans Junction when Mark was killed Sept. 14, 2006.
The facts of the case state Mary Beth was sitting
in the back of a Chevy pickup with her children at her side and armed
with a rifle, on a logging road on the evening of Sept. 14, 2006,
waiting while Mark and a local hunting guide walked through the nearby
spruce woods in the hopes of flushing out a black bear.
At the time, Barry was at a hunter's blind,
elsewhere in the wooded area.
The sun had already set, and as Mark and the guide
walked back toward the truck, the guide stopped to urinate in the
woods. Mark wandered ahead of him, in dark clothing, without an orange
hunting hat or vest. As he emerged from the clearing, Mary Beth told
police she saw a dark shape that she believed was a bear, and fired.
The Harshbarger family, including three of Mark's
siblings, has insisted for years the shooting was deliberate. They say
Mary Beth is an experienced hunter and an expert markswoman who knew
precisely what she was looking at that day.
Hunter leaning when shot by wife, N.L. trial
Widow, father both overcome as video of dead hunter
September 20, 2010
A U.S. hunter who was shot to death by his wife in
central Newfoundland may have been hunched over when a single bullet
took his life, a trial has been told.
Mary Beth Harshbarger, 45, is being tried in Grand
Falls-Windsor for criminal negligence causing death in the September
2006 shooting of her husband, Mark Harshbarger, 42.
Dr. Nash Denic, the St. John's pathologist who did
the autopsy on Mark Harshbarger, told a Supreme Court trial Monday
that Harshbarger died of one gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Denic told the trial that it appears that
Harshbarger was leaning over when he was struck by a bullet. The issue
of his posture is significant to the trial, as Mary Beth Harshbarger
has steadily maintained she thought her husband was a black bear.
"If he was leaning over, trying to pick his way
through rough ground, he would have looked even smaller and hunched
over than he would have normally looked," said CBC News reporter David
Zelcer, who is covering the trial.
Justice Richard LeBlanc has already been told the
shot was fired under darkening skies. Several witnesses have said it
was too dark for any hunter to have shot with confidence.
Meanwhile, a video depicting Mark Harshbarger's
body was shown Monday to the courtroom, prompting an emotional
response among the Harshbarger family.
Many people in the courtroom wept as the video
showed Mark Harshbarger's body on the ground, a bullet hole evident on
the bib of his blue denim overalls. Mary Beth Harshbarger held her
head in her hands, her face turning red and choking back tears.
Leonard Harshbarger, her estranged father-in-law,
averted his eyes from the screen, while Mark's sister, Sharon, sat
quietly and sobbed.
Cpl. Doug Eady testified as the video, which was
made a day after Mark Harshbarger was killed, was entered into
Eady was also involved in a re-enactment that
police had organized a year after the shooting, the second such
re-enactment that RCMP organized to determine if there was enough
evidence to charge the Pennsylvania woman. The first re-enactment was
held days later, under similar light conditions.
Darkness cited in testimony
Mark Harshbarger was shot while walking through
tall grasses by a wooded area, while he and a guide were looking for
moose or bear. Mary Beth Harshbarger remained by a truck with the
couple's two small children, and was expected to keep watch for any
animals that may have bolted from the woods.
On Friday, LeBlanc — who is hearing the case
without a jury — heard evidence about Mary Beth Harshbarger's state of
mind immediately after the fatal shooting.
Stephen Mulrooney, who worked as a cook at the
lodge that had booked the Harshbarger family, described Mary Beth
Harshbarger as being in what he called a trance the night of the
"I shot my beloved, I shot my husband, my whole
world," Mulrooney quoted Harshbarger as saying when she arrived at the
lodge less than a half hour after the shooting.
Mulrooney said that while they waited for more RCMP
officers to arrive, Harshbarger repeated the account to him and
elaborated. He said she told him that she had seen a bear at the edge
of the woods and that she looked through the scope twice and she was
sure it was a bear and she fired.
He testified that she told him she didn't see the
blue of Mark Harshbarger's pants, but that she had seen the black of a
Mulrooney said Mary Beth Harshbarger was fairly
calm that night, although he said she looked agitated and visibly
Hunters must ID target before firing, trial told
September 17, 2010
A Newfoundland and Labrador conservation officer
said Thursday that hunters are taught not to fire unless they have no
doubt about their target, while testifying at the trial of a U.S.
woman who shot her husband four years ago.
Mary Beth Harshbarger, 45, is on trial in Grand
Falls-Windsor for criminal negligence causing death for killing her
husband, Mark Harshbarger, 42, on the evening of Sept. 14, 2006.
Harshbarger has maintained since the incident
happened that she thought her husband was a bear when she shot him.
"[You] have to be absolutely sure of your target
before you shoot. If you're not certain of your target don't shoot,"
said conservation officer Chris Baldwin, who was called as a witness
on hunter education and safety.
Harshbarger used a scope to find her target in
Baldwin said identifying an object using a
riflescope is not recommended. Hunters are taught to use binoculars to
identify possible targets.
An RCMP officer testified Wednesday that he could
not understand why Harshbarger decided to fire a rifle in dark
Cpl. Doug Hewitt described how he supervised a
re-enactment, which attempted to recreate the lighting conditions on
the evening of the shooting.
Hewitt staged the re-enactment two nights after the
shooting happened, at about 7:55 p.m., the same time as the shooting.
The lighting conditions were the same, well after the sun had set for
"Given the scenario Mary Beth Harshbarger
presented, it was plausible she had mistook her husband to be a bear,"
Hewitt told Justice Richard LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of
Newfoundland and Labrador Wednesday.
The Crown alleges that Harshbarger, a resident of
rural Pennsylvania, should be convicted for not ensuring that she was
shooting at a black bear when she fired her rifle.
Don't know why U.S. hunter shot at night:
September 15, 2010
An RCMP officer testified Wednesday he could not
understand why an American woman decided to fire a rifle in dark
conditions four years ago in central Newfoundland.
Mary Beth Harshbarger is being tried in Grand
Falls-Windsor for criminal negligence causing death in the September
2006 hunting accident that killed her husband, Mark Harshbarger.
Testifying at her trial Wednesday, Cpl. Doug Hewitt
described how he supervised a re-enactment, which attempted to
recreate the lighting conditions on the evening of Sept. 14, 2006.
Harshbarger, 45, has maintained from the start that
she thought her husband was a bear when she fired a fatal shot into
Hewitt staged a re-enactment two nights later at
about 7:55 p.m., the same time as the shooting. The lighting
conditions were the same, and were well after the sun had set for the
"Given the scenario Mary Beth Harshbarger presented
… it was plausible she had mistook her husband to be a bear," Hewitt
told Justice Richard LeBlanc of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and
Too dark for certainty
However, Hewitt said it was too dark to be certain
"I don't know why anyone would fire given the
lighting conditions," Hewitt said.
"Even with [the rifle's] scope, I couldn't pick out
a definite shape except for a black mass."
Court was told that the skies were otherwise clear.
On Tuesday, the owner of the hunting lodge that had
booked the Harshbargers' hunting vacation testified that he thought
the mass he saw in the scope of a rifle resembled an animal. In fact,
it was an RCMP officer who stood in the same location where Mark
Harshbarger, 42, was shot.
As well, Hewitt testified that when he went to the
scene the morning after the shooting, he saw two sets of footprints —
one leading to where Harshbarger was shot and the other where hunting
guide Lambert Greene had walked.
Hewitt said he could not see any tracks or signs of
an animal in the immediate area.
The Crown alleges that Harshbarger, a resident of
rural Pennsylvania, should be convicted for not ensuring that she was
shooting at a black bear when she fired her rifle.
Hunter's trial told re-enactment results unsure
September 15, 2010
A veteran lodge owner in central Newfoundland,
testifying at the trial of a U.S. hunter who killed her husband, said
a police officer looked more like a bear when observed through a rifle
scope in a reenactment.
Reg White testified Tuesday at the trial of Mary
Beth Harshbarger, a Pennsylvania resident who fatally shot her
husband, Mark Harshbarger, during a hunting trip to Newfoundland in
Testifying four years to the day after Mark
Harshbarger was killed, White, who owned the hunting lodge that served
the couple, said he was unsure of a target the RCMP created during a
"[He] resembled an animal," White, who owns
Moosehead Lodge, told Justice Richard LeBlanc. "With the grass [so
high], it didn't look like a man to me."
White told the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and
Labrador trial that he has hunted for more than 50 years and killed
more than 100 black bears during that time.
Criminal negligence charge
Mary Beth Harshbarger is on trial in Grand
Falls-Windsor on a charge of criminal negligence causing death. She
has maintained since the Sept. 14, 2006, incident that she thought she
was shooting a bear.
Asked by defence lawyer Karl Inder what the object
he observed in the re-enactment looked like, White answered: "A black
The shooting happened in darkness. Court has
already been told that Mark Harshbarger was walking through tall grass
when he was shot, while a guide had gone to another area to urinate.
Mary Beth Harshbarger had stayed at a pickup truck with the couple's
two young children.
The Crown is claiming she did not appropriately
ensure she was shooting a bear.
Leonard Harshbarger, the victim's father, said
outside court that he still cannot understand how such a mistake could
"Being such a short distance range, I continually
wonder how could that happen, that a man was mistaken for a bear at
just 60 metres, I think it was," he said. "I would like to see the
If convicted, Mary Beth Harshbarger, who
strenuously fought the extradition order that brought her to Canada in
May, faces a prison sentence of at least four years.
Orange vests not worn, U.S. hunter's trial told
September 14, 2010
An American whose wife shot him to death four years
ago during a hunting trip in central Newfoundland was not wearing an
orange vest or hat, a trial has been told.
Pennsylvania resident Mary Beth Harshbarger, 44, is
being tried in Grand Falls-Windsor on a charge of criminal negligence
causing death in the September 2006 shooting of her husband, Mark
Lambert Greene, the guide who took the Harshbargers
and Mark Harshbarger's brother to Buchans Junction to hunt black bear,
told the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador during
cross-examination that several things were done improperly during the
For instance, no one on the hunting trip wore
orange vests that are intended to help hunters be visible to others.
Although it is not legally required, Greene said he now insists that
such vests or caps be worn.
Mark Harshbarger was shot the evening of Sept. 14,
2006, as the skies darkened.
Mary Beth Harshbarger has always maintained she
thought she was shooting a bear when she fired a rifle at her husband.
The sun had been setting as they finished that day's hunt.
Greene also told Justice Richard LeBlanc that he
had left Mary Beth Harshbarger with the couple's two small children in
a truck while he accompanied Mark Harshbarger. Guides are not supposed
to leave hunters unattended.
Regulations also say that each guide can have two
non-resident hunters. Greene had three people with him, including
Barry Harshbarger, Mark Harshbarger's brother.
Wouldn't shoot if risky: guide
In a re-creation organized by the RCMP, Greene
looked through the scope of a rifle and said it was too dark to tell
what he was looking at. If he was not sure of his target, he would not
risk a shot, he said.
If convicted, Mary Beth Harshbarger, who was
brought to Canada under an extradition order in May, faces a minimum
prison sentence of four years.
Her father-in-law, Leonard Harshbarger, has
travelled to Newfoundland to observe the trial. He said he found
listening to Monday's testimony — which included Greene's description
of hearing the shot that killed his son — very difficult.
"It was very hard when he said about when the shot
was fired and he heard the scream," he said. "It was very hard for
He said he came to Canada to see that justice is
served in his son's death.
Guide describes fatal shot in U.S. hunter's
September 13, 2010
An American woman on trial in central Newfoundland
for shooting her husband to death in 2006 became hysterical when she
learned of her husband's death, a court was told Monday.
Lambert Greene, who acted as a guide for Mark and
Mary Beth Harshbarger during a September 2006 hunting trip to Buchans
Junction, told a Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador trial that
he was helping Mark Harshbarger look for bears when he heard a shot
and then a "loud scream."
Greene, who had stopped to urinate at the time,
told the court he called out to Mary Beth Harshbarger, who was back at
a pickup truck.
"'Did you shoot your rifle?'" Greene testified he
"She said yes. I said, 'What did you shoot at?' She
said, 'I shot at a bear. Did I get him?' I said, 'No, you got Mark.'"
Mary Beth Harshbarger's trial on a charge of
criminal negligence causing death began in Grand Falls-Windsor on
Monday, on the eve of the fourth anniversary of her husband's death.
If convicted, the 44-year-old woman faces a minimum prison sentence of
Greene testified that he found Mark Harshbarger,
43, lying facedown on the ground after he heard the shot. He said he
turned Harshbarger over, checked him for vital signs and found none.
'No, he's dead'
After he walked to the truck, Greene testified,
Mary Beth Harshbarger asked him whether her husband was all right.
"I said, 'No, he's dead,'" Greene testified.
"Mary Beth was hysterical," he said, describing how
she moved around the road. "I shot my husband, I shot my love," Greene
quoted her as saying.
While Greene testified, Mary Beth Harshbarger began
Harshbarger, a resident of Pennsylvania, was
brought to Canada in May on an extradition order that she fought for
almost two years.
Harshbarger had been allowed to leave Canada in
2006. Mark Harshbarger's family had demanded that charges be laid in
the case. RCMP investigators later did two re-creations of the
incident and ultimately alleged that it was too dark on the evening of
the shooting for Harshbarger to have properly identified her target.
Harshbarger has been in custody since May. Although
she won bail, she has not posted the necessary $200,000.
Mark Harshbarger's family, who have noted that Mary
Beth Harshbarger collected on life insurance policies worth $550,000
US, will attend the two-week trial.
U.S. woman charged in hunting death in N.L.
May 19, 2010
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
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
"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.
Court documents reveal new details in
March 6, 2009
Court documents obtained by CBC News show new
details about what a hunting guide saw the evening a Pennsylvania
woman shot her husband in the woods of central Newfoundland.
A U.S. federal judge ordered Mary Beth Harshbarger,
of Meshoppen, Pa., extradited to Newfoundland Thursday, where she is
to face charges of criminal negligence causing death in the September
2006 death of her husband, Mark Harshbarger.
Harshbarger shot her husband while on a hunting
trip near Buchan's Junction. She claims it was an accident.
According to a U.S. affidavit, hunting guide
Lambert Greene, from Tilting, said that during the evening shortly
after sunset he had stopped to urinate when he heard a shot and a
About 60 metres from where Greene was standing,
Mary Beth Harshbarger had fired a shot from the back of a pickup truck
at her husband. She later told police she believed her husband was a
Greene told police that Harshbarger was upset and
said she'd "shot her love."
Police re-enact scene
During the police investigation, officers twice
re-enacted the shooting to determine what Harshbarger could have seen
One investigator reported all he could see through
Harshbarger's scope was a "dark mass," while another investigator
reported that he would not have been sure enough to take the shot.
According to the court documents, Harshbarger
described what she fired at that evening as being a "big black thing."
But she also said that she should not have taken the shot, given it
was too dark at the time.
Harshbarger has until March 13 to turn herself into
authorities. Once she surrenders, RCMP will travel to Pennsylvania to
escort her back to Canada.