Verdict

Jury acquits Homer man on kidnapping, assault charges

After two-and-a-half days of deliberation last week, a Homer jury last Friday morning found a Homer man not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct. The jury did find William O. Daugherty, 47, guilty on two counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.

Because of Daugherty's roots in the community and his criminal past, almost 300 potential jurors were called.

The charges came about after an incident where Daugherty drove around Homer with a woman, then 18, in early July 2012.

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