Published: Sat, October 13, 2018

Man found guilty of shooting at teen who asked for directions

Man found guilty of shooting at teen who asked for directions

A white MI man has been found guilty of assault with attempt to murder after he fired his shotgun at a teen who wanted to ask for directions to his school.

Surveillance footage has been released showing Jeffrey Zeigler firing his shotgun at a Rochester Hills, MI high school teen on April 12.

The video shows Walker running away before Zeigler appears on the porch, takes aim and fires the shotgun at him.

Zeigler's attorney, Robert Morad, told CNN after Friday's verdict that the conviction of the lesser charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm "showed that the jury believed that my client wasn't trying to kill Brennan Walker, which was obviously one of the things we argued". Zeigler's wife answered the door and immediately began yelling and accusing him of trying to break in, Walker testified on Monday.

Ziegler claimed in court that there was "a lot more to the story than what's being told", but the home security footage clearly shows Walker's knock being met with Ziegler's armed threat and eventually a shotgun blast.

'He tells me that he is going to school and at that point he approaches the door, forward momentum, comes forward, opens the screen door, and puts his hand on the door handle again, as though he's coming into my house'.

In April, Walker described his encounter with Dana Zeigler.

Walker was surprised by the couple's reaction to him knocking on their door. "I was trying to explain to her that I wanted to get directions to go to my school".


She said Brennan did not look like an innocent student.

In April, during a court appearance, Jeffrey Ziegler, a retiree of the Detroit Fire Department and on disability for a 2014 job-related injury, said he was asleep in bed "when my wife started screaming and crying".

The video that aired was from Zeigler's home surveillance system and raised some doubt in jurors' minds about his intent since it showed that the gun was sacked in Walker's direction. Zeigler also said that he tripped and the shotgun went off.

A 911 call summoned Oakland County Sheriff's Office deputies to the Ziegler home in what was described as an attempted break-in.

Jeffrey Zeigler also took the witness stand on Thursday. I was - I was just shocked, ' he said. "I was trying to run away faster and I heard a gunshot", said Brennan.

"I knew which direction I had to go", he said, according to The Oakland Press.

"When I saw that video..." He is now jailed without bond until his November 13 sentencing.

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