Michigan Man Found Guilty Of Shooting At Black Teen Asking For Directions
Jeffrey Craig Zeigler was found guilty of assault with the intent to do great bodily harm after home surveillance footage showed he aimed a shotgun at 14-year-old Brennan Walker who knocked on his front door asking for directions.
The Oakland County Circuit Court also found 53-year-old Zeigler guilty of guilty of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Back in April, Brennan missed the school bus and decided to walk the four miles to Rochester High School. After getting lost he knocked on several doors. The teen said he knocked on Zeigler's front door a few times and a woman opened the door screaming. Brennan said he tried to tell the woman he just lost his way.
"I was trying to explain to that I wanted to get directions to go to my school," he said. "The man eventually came out with a shotgun and fired one shot at the teen who was running away."
Brennan said he ran away when Zeigler came out with the gun. Home security footage shows Brennan approaching the door with his backpack. The video shows the teen run while Zeigler, shirtless in jeans, aims his gun at Brennan and shoots. The kickback from the gun knocked him backward.
Ziegler while speaking with authorities lied and said the gun went off after he fell backward causing his finger to inadvertently to hit the trigger.
Brennan was thankfully not hurt and his mother called Ziegler's action a "hate crime."
The teen's lawyer Robert Morad spoke with CNN and said the jury's ability to find Zeigler guilty of a lesser charge "showed that the jury believed that my client wasn't trying to kill Brennan Walker, which was obviously one of the things we argued."
Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.