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.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.