Hung jury for man accused in Toledo bar shootout
Sat, 01 May 2010 22:52:09 GMT —
A judge has declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a verdict in the case of a man charged in a wild shootout that sent patrons running for cover from a bar near the University of Toledo campus.
Thirty-eight-year-old Lashon Sawyer of Toledo faced a count of illegal possession of a firearm in an establishment with a liquor permit. The Lucas County Common Pleas jury on Friday said it was split 7-5 in favor of acquittal after about seven hours of deliberations.
Footage from a surveillance video of the Oct. 8 shootout at Route 66 Bar and Grill shows gunmen firing shots from inside and outside of the bar while customers dash out the doors. No injuries were reported.
Sawyer's lawyers say he found the gun and acted in self defense.
A July 6 retrial was scheduled.