Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

March 8, 2014

Michigan in Brief: 03/08/2014

Man: I killed cougar to protect father

DETROIT — A man who pleaded guilty to killing a cougar in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula says he was defending his father but state wildlife officials allege the animal was poached, its heart cooked and some of it eaten by the men.

Troy Richard says the cougar approached his father in December as Theodore Richard walked to his blind to get a rifle at his Schoolcraft County hunting camp. The younger Richard says he yelled but shot the cougar when it didn’t flee.

The Bay City resident says he killed the wounded animal the next day and took its hide and skull. Investigators said Friday the Richards ate part of the heart, but Troy Richard counters they didn’t because it smelled “rancid.”

Troy Richard begins his 30-day jail sentence Friday. Theodore Richard was sentenced to fines and community service.

Teen charged with murder in crash

MUNDY TOWNSHIP — An 18-year-old Michigan man faces a murder charge in a wrong-way crash that killed a new bride and critically injured her 11-year-old son.

The Genesee County prosecutor’s office says Zachary Parker of Swartz Creek also was charged Friday with manslaughter, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death.

Maria Bailey-Collins was heading north on Feb. 9 along U.S. 23 in Mundy Township with her new husband and son when their car was slammed into by another car heading south. The 36-year-old Bailey-Collins was killed. She and Bryan Collins were married four days earlier.

Parker suffered minor injuries. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Toxicology reports indicate Parker’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice Michigan’s limit.

He was arraigned Friday in 67th District Court.

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