Jury finds Hainstock guilty in fatal shooting of principal
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- A jury convicted Eric Hainstock today in the fatal shooting of his principal at Weston Schools last September.
The 16-year-old was charged with first-degree murder in John Klang's death.
Hainstock's attorneys had conceded he killed Klang. But they persuaded the hudge to ask the jury to also consider whether Hainstock was guilty of first- or second-degree reckless homicide.
First-degree murder requires intent. The lesser charges require only that prosecutors show a defendant's reckless conduct caused a person's death. Intent is not an element.
Prosecutors told jurors that Hainstock's anger toward Klang had been building for two weeks before the shooting and that he meant to do it. But the defense argued the teen was troubled, suffered from attention-deficit disorder and was mocked in school. They say he brought the guns to school only to make people listen and he never meant to kill Klang.
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