14-Year-Old Charged As Adult With Attempted Murder



Man charged with attempted murder of 14-year-old who asked for directions

  • In April, Brennan Walker, then 14, missed the bus to school, got lost, and stopped at Jeffrey Zeigler's house to ask for directions.
  • Surveillance footage shows Zeigler, 53, shooting at Walker.
  • Zeigler has been charged with assault with intent to murder.
  • In court, Zeigler said he believed it was an attempted break-in, saying he is "tired of being a victim."

UPDATE: October 12, 2019: This post has been updated to include the jury's verdict.

A jury found a Rochester Hills, Michigan, man guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, for pulling a gun on a 14-year-old boy who asked him for directions, ABC-affiliated WXYZ reported.

In April, Brennan Walker, who was 14 at the time, missed the bus to school and got lost as he attempted to walk there instead, according to The Oakland Press. On his way, Walker knocked on Jeffrey Zeigler's door to ask for directions. Zeigler has been accused of pulling a gun and shooting at the teen.

Zeigler, a retired firefighter, told investigators he and his wife believed the incident was an attempted break-in. The couple were on "high alert" because they had dealt with "multiple" home invasions in the past. The 53-year-old man said he ran out of his home with the shotgun, but said it fired accidentally when it slipped out of his hand. Meanwhile, his wife reportedly called 911.

Zeigler's attorney said this incident wasn't racially motivated, though Zeigler is white and Walker is black. "He has no signs, no history of racism," defense attorney Rob Morad said. "If there were any racial issues, he wouldn't have spent his career working in the city of Detroit."

Surveillance footage from the day shows Walker approaching the house, either knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell, and then running away when a shirtless Zeigler answers, holding a gun, which he then fires.

"When I saw that video, my thought process switched … I knew which direction I had to go. I was shocked," Detective Shawn Pace said in court on Tuesday, per The Oakland Press. At first, Pace had believed the incident to be an attempted break-in, but on second watch, the detective said he felt "charged up, because I was offended by what I had seen."

In court on Tuesday, Zeigler "emphatically denied ever taking aim" at Walker, The Oakland Press reported. At one point, Zeigler said that he was "tired of being a victim" in the situation.

A jury found Zeigler guilty on Friday, WXYZ reported. The man says he regrets what happened and if he could go back he would instead offer the teen a ride to school.

Zeigler's sentencing is scheduled for November 18. He could face up to life in prison.






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