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Man Found Not Guilty Of Attempted Murder

Man Found Not Guilty Of Attempted Murder Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

Jun 16, 2017 at 4:08 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A St. Cloud man who claimed self-defense in a March shooting in Waite Park has been acquitted of the charges against him.

Herbert Owen Campbell, 54, was found not guilty of attempted 2nd degree murder and not guilty of 1st degree assault after shooting a man in the chest in a driveway at 255 Waite Avenue North just after 8 p.m. on March 20th.

The jury reached its verdict Thursday afternoon after a trial that lasted three days.

On March 20, a Stearns County deputy was driving down Waite Avenue when a woman ran up to his squad car screaming that someone had been shot.

The deputy turned his car around and saw the suspect standing with a gun.

The suspect, later identified as Campbell, dropped the gun and said "I'm too old for this ____", according to the criminal complaint.

The victim, 36-year-old Enrique Lopez of Waite Park, was taken to St. Cloud Hospital in critical condition.

Campbell's defense attorney says, during the argument that night, Campbell told Lopez to back off but he kept coming at him.

When Lopez took a swing at Campbell, Campbell fired one shot, striking Lopez.

Defense Attorney Jason Migala says the jury decided that, based on the circumstances that Campbell found himself in, the deadly force he used at the time was reasonable.

Campbell has had a permit to carry for nine years.

The Stearns County Attorney's Office wouldn't comment other than to say it respects the jury's verdict.

 

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