Owosso Homicide Victims Identified

By: News 10 & Associated Press
By: News 10 & Associated Press

Police say a person in a vehicle gunned down a 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who was staging a protest across the street from Owosso High School.

Owosso Police Chief Michael Compeau said at a news conference Friday the shooting took place around 7:20 a.m. He says a witness saw the vehicle's license plate, told police and a suspect was arrested about an hour later.

Compeau says the suspect, a 33-year-old Owosso man, told police he was involved in a second killing Friday. Sheriff's officials later found the body of a second man who had been shot in an office at the gravel pit he owned.

Police say the man killed near Owosso High was James Pouillon and the victim at the business was 61-year-old Mike Fuoss

James Pouillon was arrested in 1994 after protesting on the steps of Owosso's city hall instead of his usual spot on the sidewalk. He sued, claiming violations of his constitutional free speech, religion and assembly rights.

A 2000 federal appeals court ruling said Pouillon often was the target of verbal abuse along with "assorted missiles" while standing in front of City Hall. The court said he once was almost run down by a motorist who swerved onto the sidewalk and drove at him.

A car dealership also sued Pouillon in the 1990s for picketing and shouting slogans at customers.

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  • by DEE DEE on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:10 PM
    Seems it is okay for FREE SPEECH for the people who post here, but when a man OPPOSES Abortion it's okay for him to be Gunned down in cold blood? Something is wrong with this! And Looks as like there are crackpots out there who carry guns, and CRACKPOTS THAT ARE als allowed to own a computer and type. God bless the families of this tragic Murder.
  • by anonymous on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    sorry but that last post is just terrible. Nobody deserves to die. Just a terrible day in this community.
  • by Wow on Sep 11, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    To Anonymous: Wow it takes a real judge of character to call someone names after they are dead.
  • by A. Nony Mous on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    One less nut job telling everyone how to live. It's a good day.
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