- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque lawyer has been found not guilty after shooting a homeless man in the leg.

A Bernalillo County jury on Monday acquitted David “Chip” Venie on charges of assault, battery and tampering with evidence. An earlier case resulted in a mistrial because the judge said Venie did not follow court rules while representing himself.

Prosecutors said there was no reason for Venie to shoot Stephen Biddinger, a homeless man who approached his office. Biddinger says the incident started because Venie made a disparaging remark to him.

In a 911 call, Venie says a man is trying to break into his office. He told the dispatcher he shot Biddinger after the man repeatedly ignored requests to leave.

The defense says Biddinger was high on drugs at the time.

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