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, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.