IN: Man who shot drunk Notre Dame student acquitted

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March 7, 2011
South Bend Tribune    
Posted in 2AM News, News

"Hammons heard someone trying to open his screen door, and then he heard voices. He yelled at them to get off his porch. But the person persisted .... Hammons went to his bedroom, unlocked his safe, and pulled out his .40-caliber handgun. He fired a single shot through the door, and heard a scream. Outside was Notre Dame student Rachel Payne and another man. The pair had mistakenly thought Hammons' house was their own and were allegedly intoxicated .... Payne was struck in the arm. She and her companion fled the scene, and by the time Hammons came outside, they were gone, he said. He was put on trial in March 2010 in St. Joseph County Circuit Court, but the jury deadlocked and the magistrate declared a mistrial. But in the second trial, it took the jury less than one hour to deliver a not guilty verdict Tuesday." (03/05/11)

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