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Not since the OJ Simpson trial has a defendant found a more believing jury or a verdict so shocked a community as when Chris Van Wagner won an outright acquittal (not guilty verdict) for his client, Robert Meng, who had all but admitted to the crime. Attorney Chris Van Wagner said, "The jury believed him..." Obviously so.
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Robert Meng Not Guilty First Degree Intentional Homicide

Not Since O.J. Simpson's Trial has a jury been more believing

Honorable George Curry Presiding
Grant County Circuit Judge
Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Meng gave police several accounts of what happened on October 8th when Patricia Day Schreiner of Patch Grove was killed in a trailer on Meng's 300-acre dairy farm.

During the trial, however, Meng told the jury that the shooting was accidental -- he didn't handle guns very much, and he didn't know the trigger safety was off. So, Meng said, he burned Schreiner's body out of fear no one would believe the shooting was accidental. For good measure, he also burned her car.

Not since the O.J. Simpson trial has a defendant found a more believing jury. On the charge of first-degree homicide, the 12 jurors could not reach a unanimous decision. On the much less serious charge of negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, the jury found Meng not guilty -- even though he virtually admitted as much himself.

"The jury believed what Bob Meng told them about the shooting and that he lied to police when he was arrested," Meng's attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, said moments after the verdict was announced. Obviously so.

Wisconsin State Journal.
State of Wisconsin -v- Robert Meng
Charge: First Degree Intentional Homicide

After an accidental shooting, Meng was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. The jury acquitted (found Meng not guilty) of both Murder (1st Degree Intentional Homicide) and negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. Meng's attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, said that the jury believed Meng. The jury sees all of the evidence and hears all of the testimony. Sometimes, a person just needs to be sitting on the jury and hearing the evidence presented in defense of a murder charge to understand a not guilty verdict.

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