Maine man faces manslaughter in fatal shooting

Posted Oct. 08, 2010, at 11:20 a.m.
FILE - This Sept. 7, 2010 booking photo released by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department shows Joseph Green, of Windham, Maine. Green was being held without bail Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 on a murder charge for allegedly fatally shooting another man who was trying to steal his marijuana plants, Maine State Police said. Green, 44, was arrested at his mother's home in Casco late Tuesday in the death of David Harmon, 41, of Windham. Harmon's body was found last week at the base of an 8-foot ledge on Green's property. (AP Photo/Cumberland County Sheriff's Department)
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FILE - This Sept. 7, 2010 booking photo released by the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department shows Joseph Green, of Windham, Maine. Green was being held without bail Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 on a murder charge for allegedly fatally shooting another man who was trying to steal his marijuana plants, Maine State Police said. Green, 44, was arrested at his mother's home in Casco late Tuesday in the death of David Harmon, 41, of Windham. Harmon's body was found last week at the base of an 8-foot ledge on Green's property. (AP Photo/Cumberland County Sheriff's Department)

PORTLAND, Maine — A grand jury in Maine has indicted a 44-year-old Windham man on a charge of manslaughter in the shooting death of another man who was allegedly trying to steal his marijuana plants.

Police last month charged Joseph Green with murder in the death of 40-year-old David Harmon. But a grand jury returned an indictment Thursday on a lesser charge of manslaughter.

According to an affidavit, Green told police he fired into the dark at two silhouettes among his pot plants on Aug. 31. He told police he discovered Harmon’s body hours later and used his ATV to move the body.

Green was charged last month after a Maine Warden Service dog found blood on a trail used by all-terrain vehicles. Wardens followed the trail and met up with Green.

William Stokes of the attorney general’s office told the Portland Press Herald he had no comment on the grand jury’s decision to downgrade the charge.

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