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Jurors find San Francisco homeless man who broke resident’s skull not guilty – Times of India

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A homeless man who beat a former San Francisco city official with a metal pipe was found not guilty of assault charges Friday, capping a case that had drawn national attention as a symbol of the city’s crime and homelessness problems until a public defender unearthed a surprising back story.
The defendant, Garret Allen Doty, 25, faced as many as seven years in prison had he been found guilty of the charges that stemmed from an altercation in San Francisco’s wealthy Marina district. Don Carmignani, 54, a resident, had a fractured skull and severe injuries to his face that required more than 100 stitches.
Public defender in the case, Kleigh Hathaway, determined that Carmignani had sprayed a canister of what appeared to be bear mace before Doty attacked him. Hathaway surfaced eight unsolved cases in which pepper spray or bear mace had been used against homeless people in the neighbourhood.



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