The foreman of a jury that found a Hmong immigrant guilty of killing six white deer hunters says the man's testimony that he acted in self defense was not credible.
Chai Vang testified that he feared for his life after being threatened and called racial slurs and fired only after someone shot at him first.
Jury foreman William Bremer told The Associated Press today that Vang could have walked away after the hunters angrily confronted him for trespassing on their land in some isolated northwestern Wisconsin woods last November.
Bremer also says he believed that the 36-year-old truck driver from St. Paul, Minnesota, changed his story in court.
Bremer says testimony showed Vang had initially told sheriff's investigator Garry Gillis that one of the hunters he confronted had shot all the people.
After about three hours of deliberations, the jurors yesterday found Vang guilty of six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of attempted homicide.
He will likely be sent to prison for the rest of his life.
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