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Florida Man Cleared of Manslaughter Charges in Death of Stamford Resident

William Lindemann, 49, of Naples, FL, was, however, found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of 78-year-old Herbert Davison.

A jury found former chiropractor William Lindemann not guilty of major manslaughter charges on Monday in the 2009 death of 78-year-old Stamford resident Herbert Davison, according the Stamford Advocate.

Lindemann, 49, of Naples, FL, was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, a lesser charge, and is scheduled to appear in in Stamford on Aug. 10.

"I'll never forget you killed my father, Mister Lindemann!" Bruce Davison shouted at the defendent in the courtroom after the verdict was read.

Lindemann, a retired engineer, was on his way to when he met Davison in a parking lot on Jan. 27, 2009. According to an eyewitness, Lindemann struck Davison in the head after a dispute, which caused Davison to fall and hit his head on the pavement. Davison died from traumatic brain injury three weeks after the incident.

During the trial, which lasted six days, Lindemann testified that he used a defensive hand motion against Davison — and not a closed fist — because he thought Davison was holding a weapon.

Lindemann was charged with first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault of a person over age 60. He has been free on a $1 million bond since his arraignment in February 2009.

 

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