- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - An Astoria man was found not guilty of attempting to murder his mother in a shooting last year.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://is.gd/butd6p) that 27-year-old Brian Hall was convicted Friday of a lesser charge - third-degree assault.

Hall’s defense attorney told jurors during the four-day trial that Hall’s level of intoxication made him incapable of having intent to kill his mother.

Clatsop County prosecutors agreed that Hall was drunk, but said he knew what he was doing.

Hall shot his mother with an assault rifle after being asked to do chores early in the morning on Feb. 7, 2013.

The mother testified that her son pointed the rifle at her chest before moving the barrel away. The bullet entered the left side of her waist and exited.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, https://www.dailyastorian.com

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