Trial Begins for Man Who Shot at Black Kid Asking for Directions to School After Missing the Bus

Trial Begins for Man Who Shot at Black Kid Asking for Directions to School After Missing the Bus

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Back in April, Brennan Walker missed the school bus one morning, and didn’t have his phone, so he decided to ask a neighbor for directions to his high school. When walking up to the home of Jeffrey Ziegler, Walker was met with a shotgun.

A camera on Zeigler’s property shows the teen approaching the front door wearing his book bog. Minutes later, Walker can be seen running from the house, with Zeigler appearing from out of the house with a shotgun. Walker testified on Monday that Zeigler’s wife answered the front door, immediately accusing him of trying to break into the house. Hearing his wife yelling, Zeigler jumped out of bed, grabbed his shotgun and ran out to the porch. When Zeigler shot the gun, Walker was nearly out of the yard. Walker was not injured.

Zeigler is a retired firefighter being charged with assault with intent to murder which could land him life in prison. Ziegler’s attorney says the matter was not about race (Zeigler is white. Walker is black.). He explained that Zeigler and his wife have had 5 previous break-ins causing them to be on “high alert.” Adding that his client “acted from passion instead of judgment.” Zeigler also claims that he fired the gun on accident when it slipped.

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: Washington Post

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