Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Rochester Hills man found guilty for shooting at unarmed black teen

SCREENGRAB Michigan Man Who Fired Shotgun At Teen Asking For Directions Says He's "Tired Of Being A Victim"
Jeannette Daniel | 13 October, 2018, 04:38

However, the video footage shows him aiming and firing the gun outside his home.

A jury on Friday found 53-year-old Jeffrey Zeigler guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felony firearm, but was acquitted of a charge of assault with intent to murder.

Jeffrey also claimed he had no idea the person on his porch was a teenage boy until he saw the surveillance video.

Surveillance video released to jurors Tuesday in the trial of Jeffrey Zeigler shows the white MI man aiming and firing a shotgun at a black student who has said he was seeking directions after missing his bus to school. Zeigler's wife answered the door and immediately began yelling and accusing him of trying to break in, Walker testified on Monday.

"I was screaming as loud as I possibly could, saying somebody is breaking into my house." she said. He also claimed that his shotgun accidentally went off after he tripped outside. Somewhere along the four-mile trek, the teen got turned around and stopped at Zeigler's home to ask for directions.

"When I saw that video... I told her, 'No, I go to Rochester High; I'm just looking for directions to Rochester High'".

Pace said that Zeigler's behavior during his interrogation didn't sit well with him, either.

A white man who was captured on surveillance video stepping out of his house to fire upon a black teen who had knocked on his door to ask for directions, has been found guilty by a MI jury.

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When confronted about the discrepancy, Ziegler told prosecutors he was "tired of being a victim". "I felt extremely remorseful and I was just shocked", he said, Fox2 reported.

"I would have given him a ride to school", he said.

Both Zeigler and his wife have maintained they thought they were being robbed by Brennan, citing several previous break-ins.

"I am on my way to school", she recalled him saying. "What are you doing on my porch?" she asked him, according to the Detroit News. The teen, she alleged, opened their storm door and tried to open the inner wooden door.

Although some media outlets have focused on Zeigler being white and the teen being black, neither the defense nor the prosecution has argued that the incident was racially motivated, the Detroit News reported.

In 2004, Zeigler was convicted of firing a handgun at a motorist during an incident.

Zeigler could get up to 10 years in prison for the assault conviction in addition to the two mandatory years behind bars for the firearm charge.

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