Jury finds Alamo innocent
LODI, Calif.--Jurors said it was the presence of "reasonable doubt" that caused them to acquit Alamo Alarm Company owner Paul Alamo, 47, of murder charges on March 10, the Lodi News reported.
Alamo was charged with deliberately shooting a neighbor, Mark Hasty, two years ago. Alamo claimed he shot the man in self-defense.
Following a series of burglaries in his neighborhood, Alamo said he armed himself with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and staked out Hasty's property because he believed the burglar lived on the property. When Hasty, a house painter, returned home, he confronted Alamo and Alamo shot him. Alamo said he believed Hasty had a knife. A wrongful death civil suit is pending.