A man was found not guilty by a jury?Monday of attempted murder and?assault with a firearm, stemming from a shooting in Cottage Grove last August.?
Boudie Lancaster, 44, is now cleared of his four counts of second-degree?attempted murder?and three counts of assault with a firearm in the case handled in Lane County Circuit Court.
Deputies from Lane and Douglas counties responded at about 1:40 a.m., Aug. 3, to a report of a shooting in the 72900 block of London Road south of Cottage Grove.?Detectives found three people with gunshot wounds, and after investigating, arrested Lancaster on suspicion of the crime.
Court documents alleged Lancaster shot two of the three people involved?and caused injury to the third person by firing the gun, resulting in ＾shrapnel wounds.￣
Lancaster’s lawyer,?Jennifer Lang Perkins, said the shooting was done in self defense?and?said the?verdict was “absolutely the right outcome.”
Lancaster was visiting Lane County from out-of-state, she said, helping his father on a rural homestead. One night Lancaster found three people taking items from the property, Lang Perkins said,?loading the items into a truck, when one?man allegedly pulled a gun on Lancaster.?
Lancaster got a shot off first, his attorney said, firing?multiple rounds as he ran for cover. She said her client was acting in self defense did not intend to kill anyone,?a requisite for attempted murder.
Lane County District Attorney Patricia Perlow said?her office believes there was?proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Lancaster had committed the crimes?and holding a trial was the right thing to do.?
“Detectives did a fantastic job investigating this case and one of my very best lawyers tried it to the jury,” Perlow said. “We don¨t get to know what the jury found significant in their deliberations, but they returned a verdict of not guilty.?The case went to trial because it was challenging.?The easy ones rarely do.”
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Lancaster was found not guilty on?four counts of second-degree?attempted murder?and three counts of assault with a firearm.
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