Guilty on all counts

By: 
Linda Gallagher

BELLAIRE — A Gaylord man may spend up to 15 years in prison after a jury found him guilty on all counts last week in the shooting death of Justin Edward Beutel, of Sanford, in November of 2018.

David Michael Barber, 46, of Gaylord, was convicted of one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of committing a felony while in possession of a firearm and one count of misdemeanor trespass by a jury of his peers at the conclusion of a three day trial on Thursday in Antrim County's 13th Circuit Court. 

According to testimony during the trial, Barber killed Beutel on the afternoon of Nov. 15, 2018, the opening day of the Michigan firearm deer season, while deer hunting in Helena Township near Alden. Barber later told authorities that he did not see a person at the time that he took two shots at what he said he believed was a buck, but later found the 38 year-old motorcycle mechanic lying next to the body of a deer that the Sanford resident had killed earlier in the day. 

 

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