Shooter Enters Plea Of Not Guilty


Harold Fish, the 57-year-old retired teacher indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a local humane society volunteer, was arraigned Friday morning in Flagstaff.

Fish entered a plea of not guilty before Coconino County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Coker.


Harold Fish

Fish remains free until Coker determines release conditions at a hearing scheduled for Aug. 16, according to the Coconino County Attorney's Office.

Fish killed 43-year-old Grant Kuenzli May 11 at a remote trailhead south of Clint's Well.

Fish told Coconino Sheriff's deputies that the unarmed Kuenzli threatened to kill him and that he shot him in self-defense.

Those who knew Kuenzli from the Payson Humane Society and Paws in the Park didn't believe Fish's account and said the person they knew was non-violent.

Coconino County Attorney Terry Hance recommended a charge of second-degree murder, saying Fish's use of deadly force was unjustified.

A Flagstaff grand jury agreed and indicted Fish July 22.

Kuenzli's sister, Linda Kuenzli-Almeter, and prosecutors requested an unsecured $100,000 bond for Fish.

Fish's attorney, A. Melvin McDonald, told Coker that the father of seven was not a flight risk and had an unblemished record.

Although Coker put off a decision on bond, he did order that Fish turn over all his firearms per a request from Kuenzli-Almeter.

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