Man To Be Charged With Pushing Another Man Off Superior Cliff

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 6:01 am

Nearly a year after the initial incident, authorities now say an 18-year-old man who died from falling off a Lake Superior cliff may have been pushed.

Bayfield County District Attorney said Monday he will file a complaint charging a 22-year-old Ashland named Cass Corbine (pictured) with second-degree reckless homicide and felony murder in the death of Marvin Charette III of Washburn.

A kayaker found Charette’s body on shore in a small sea cave on the Red Cliff Reservation last July. He had been missing two days.

Authorities initially believed Charette was at a gathering of about 20 people on July 3, and that he got too close to a cliff edge and fell nearly 60 feet. But now officials feel differently.

The Duluth News Tribune reports that the sheriff’s office submitted a criminal referral to the district attorney, alleging that Charette was actually pushed.

“We don’t think it was preplanned,” Bayfield County Sheriff Paul Susienka told the Duluth News Tribune on Monday afternoon. “We think it was just a disagreement, the sort of thing that happens when people are drinking.”

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