Prosecutor Claims Man Killed Pro-Life Protester to Avenge His Mother

March 1, 2010 - 12:30 PM
A prosecutor says a 33-year-old Michigan man killed an anti-abortion activist and a business owner in order to avenge his mother.
Corunna, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor says a 33-year-old Michigan man killed an anti-abortion activist and a business owner in order to avenge his mother.
 
Jurors in Shiawassee County heard opening statements Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Harlan Drake.
 
James Pouillon (POOL'-yuhn) was shot four times while clutching a sign with a picture of a dead fetus outside Owosso High, 30 miles west of Flint. Gravel pit owner Mike Fuoss (FOOSE) was shot 17 times in his office.
 
Assistant Prosecutor Sara Edwards says Drake's mother was upset over Pouillon's presence at the school. She says his mother formerly worked for Fuoss and felt she wasn't treated well.
 
Defense attorney Robert Ashley says Drake killed the men but was mentally ill at the time.