Jury finds former St. Louis cop not guilty of murder
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:50:18 GMT —
A jury found the former St. Louis police officer who shot his neighbor to death not guilty of second-degree murder, the Edina Sentinel is reporting .
Glenn Head was charged in the shooting death of 67-year-old William "Bill" Bacon.
Head was charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 11, 2012 death.
The defense and prosecution gave their closing arguments Friday morning.
Assistant Attorney General Tim Anderson, the lead prosecutor in the case, called it an act of murder. Defense attorney Charlie James called it self defense.
Bacon died in the Northeast Regional Medical Center emergency room. The shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m. near County Road 312. A copy of the criminal complaint said that Bacon was shot in the chest.
An initial report said that Head and Bacon had an ongoing dispute over whether a county road was opened or closed. A probable cause statement filed with the criminal charges said that Bacon contacted the Knox County Sheriff's Office to complain that someone was trespassing on his property.
The Sheriff's Office received a second call of a shooting at the same location.
Deputies and troopers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol went to the scene where they found Bacon lying on the ground with a bullet wound in his chest.
Head told then-Sheriff Mike Kite that he had shot Bacon following an altercation, according to the probable cause statement.