Bob Irwin writes [via Ammoland.com]
WDRB-TV 41 in Louisville, Kentucky reports that a 67-year-old hot dog vendor Donald Hayes was charged with murder for shooting Danny Wilson during a road rage incident in June of 2014. It started when the defendant and Wilson allegedly cut each other off in traffic on the Watterson Expressway. When they exited onto Poplar Level Road, things escalated. Hayes testified that he shot in self-defense after Wilson smashed his driver’s window with a baseball bat . . .
Wilson died as a result of his wounds. After deliberating for about two hours, the jury found the defendant not guilty.
In a statement to the media the defense attorney said, “He (our client) is doing very well. It’s a huge relief for all of us. It’s a huge relief. Our condolences still go out to the 57 year olds family. But we are very satisfied with the results.”
The Head of the LMPD Homicide Unit commented “From knowing the case as well as we did, we thought (it) was more of a road rage case than self-defense. Self-defense became a factor in the courtroom, but when it happened, it was road rage on both sides and the road rage ultimately ended up as shots being fired and the victim being killed.”
Evidence of a prior road rage incident involving Mr. Hayes was excluded by the court.