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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