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Prosecution continues case in Alger trial

July 26, 2012
By KYLE WHITNEY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The prosecution is scheduled to continue calling witnesses today in an Alger County involuntary manslaughter trial.

On Wednesday, the second day of the trial, investigating officers and lab technicians took the stand to testify in the case against Thomas Stewart Murdock, 48, of Munising.

Murdock is charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $7,500 fine; operating while intoxicated third offense, a felony that carries maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine; possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor that has a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine; and operating with a suspended license second offense.

Michigan State Police at the Munising post said Lisa Ann Hardwick, 44, was killed when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck allegedly driven by Murdock. Hardwick, also of Munising, was killed in AuTrain Township at a camp located on Alger County Road 440, about four miles west of Federal Forest Highway 13 near the Alger County-Delta County border.

Police said Murdock was operating his truck on his property and while backing up, he allegedly struck Hardwick. Police said investigation showed Murdock did not intend to hit her with the vehicle.

Police were called to the camp at 9:45 p.m. and Hardwick was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said Hardwick and Murdock knew each other but were not related.

Murdock's trial is scheduled to run through Friday.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.



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