CAMBRIDGE -- Henry County Circuit Court Judge Richard Zimmer found Otha Anderson, 24, of Galva not guilty of all charges stemming from a Dec. 30, 2012 incident at the home of Dustin Brock of Galva.
Mr. Anderson had been charged with two counts Class X felony home invasion, Class 3 felony possess/use a firearm by a felon and Class 3 felony possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
In announcing his verdict, Judge Zimmer said he thought the police had done excellent work in interviews and the crime scene investigation, but the homeowner was an "uncredible" witness.
The judge said Mr. Brock was not forthcoming about whether he had stolen rims from Mr. Anderson as collateral for a loan and he didn't believe his explanation of what had happened to a .357 Magnum after the incident. He said it was not credible that Mr. Brock called his father instead of the police after the incident.
All three men involved in the incident were shot: Mr. Anderson was shot in the knee and arm, Mr. Brock was shot in the chest and the left hand and co-defendant Asheem Afutu got shot in the leg and then broke his leg falling off the porch as he was leaving. All three recovered, although Mr. Afutu uses a walker.
After the verdict was announced, Mr. Anderson wept and embraced his attorney, public defender James Cosby.
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