Man accused of running over and killing gosling will stand trial
The man accused of running over and killing a gosling because it didn’t get out of his way is scheduled to start his trial at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7.
Norman Stowell was arrested in May after he was accused of running over a gaggle of geese walking in the grass on May 14 near the American Legion in Milan, 44 Wabash St. Police said Stowell told them he didn’t mean to run over the group of birds, but he wasn’t going to stop, wait or drive around them to get to a parking spot.
Stowell waived his right to a preliminary examination in July and has had few delays in proceeding forward with his case. There have been no indications from the defense or prosecution that a plea deal is in the works. He will be in Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown’s courtroom when he stands trial.
Stowell is charged with one count of killing or torturing an animal. He was back in court on Wednesday and his case was moved ahead by Brown after a short discussion.
According to a Milan Police Department report, neighbors reported seeing Stowell drive over a group of baby Canada geese after 7 p.m. Police responding to the American Legion found a gosling lying dead in the grass about 50 feet behind a rear paring lot, the report stated.
Witnesses told police that Stowell sped up and drove directly over the group of geese while they were walking in the grass. The witness stated Stowell was doing a wide U-turn in the parking lot.
Stowell reported gave the middle finger to a woman who yelled at him after he allegedly ran the bird over while he walked back into the building. The police report stated Stowell told police officers that responding to the incident was “a great way to waste our tax dollars.”
Ford Lake is near the area and neighbors said birds often wander through the American Legion parking lot.