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 Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder. 1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.