A jury found a Michigan white man shooting a black teen asking for assault instructions with the intention of causing great physical damage. The verdict, which was handed down on Friday, may have been linked to a video of the house surveillance that brought the 53-year-old Jeffrey Craig Zeigler on his porch and fired his gun on the then 14-year-old Brennan Walker, as he ran away.  Zeigler stood trial for a more serious charge of murderous assault, reports CNN. In April, Brennan had missed his school bus and tried to run the four miles from his stop to Rochester High School miles outside of Detroit.
On the way he got lost and knocked on doors of nearby houses for instructions, before finally stopping at Zeigler.
After knocking on the door, Brennan says a woman in the house yelled at him.
"She was like," Why are you trying to break into my house? "I tried to explain to her that I'm trying to get directions to Rochester High," Brennan told Fox 2 Detroit back then. Moments later, Zeigler, a retired firefighter, came to the door with a shotgun in his hand – Brennan ran to the street after discovering the weapon. When he ran away, Zeigler fired at the boy.
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After that, Zeigler claimed that he had never intended to fire the weapon. He told the police that the pistol had accidentally left when he fell back and his finger pulled the trigger, CNN reports.
But the surveillance video from Zeigler's house, which was presented to the jury, directly contradicted Zeigler's lie. In the video, Zeigler can be seen, raises his weapon, takes a few seconds to aim at Brennan and then fire a shot. The recoil from the shot sends Zeigler back.
In April, Brennan Fox 2 told Detroit that he was glad he did not "become a statistic."
"My mom says black guys are shot because sometimes they do not look old and I do not look so old, I'm 14, but I do not look 14," Brennan said.
His mother, Lisa Wright, said the breed was definitely a factor that told local news outlets that Zeigler was a hate crime, CNN report] "One of the things that stands out that annoys me most is, while I saw the video, the woman can say: "Why did" these people "choose my house? "Wright told Fox 2 Detroit." Who are these people? "And that put me off."
When Ziegler testified in his defense during the trial, he said he had not tried to see why Brennan was at the door because the scene is "so chaotic". "
" I was worried about my wife. I was worried that someone would come through the door, "said Zeigler.
Of course, the video shows that Brennan waited patiently on the porch and barely moved until he ran aghast at the sight of Zeigler's shotgun Lawyer says the verdict shows that the jury did not believe he was trying to kill Brennan.
Zeigler was also found guilty of possessing a firearm on behalf of a crime and sentencing is scheduled for November 13.