Medical Marijuana Grower Faces Manslaughter Charge

MILAN (AP) – A Michigan medical marijuana grower has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say he chased and fatally shot one of two men who tried to rob him. reports 50-year-old Robert Goupill of Milan, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit, was arraigned Monday in Monroe County. He’s charged in Thursday’s shooting of 28-year-old Jerald Ogden of Ypsilanti.

Goupill also is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance. Police say he was growing more marijuana than allowed under Michigan law.

Goupill returns to court March 19. His lawyer Edward Swinkey says Goupill will assert that he acted in lawful self-defense. He says Goupill was beaten and threatened in his home. He says Goupill believed he was legally growing medical marijuana.

Authorities say Ogden died of a shotgun wound to the back.

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