BOYNE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A felony charge has been dropped against a reporter who gathered footage of a small airplane crash that killed two people in northern lower Michigan.
Damien Leist, who was working for the Charlevoix County News, said no one told him that he and a colleague couldn't approach the site of the Jan. 6 crash in Boyne City.
Leist was charged under a state law that prohibits taking pictures of human remains in a grave. The Petoskey News-Review and WPBN-WTOM report the charge was dismissed Tuesday under agreement between Charlevoix County Prosecutor Allen Telgenhof and Leist's lawyer.
Telgenhof says in a joint release that officials "respect the First Amendment rights of the news media to cover newsworthy events."
Leist says his "only objective was to report on this tragic accident."