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Blind Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting Gets Guns Back

Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 5:53:40 pm

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A legally blind man who was acquitted in the shooting death of another man fought in court Thursday to get his guns back.

John Rogers said he has the right to have both of his guns returned to him. While Judge John Galluzzo said he did not want to return the guns to Rogers, he said it was the law.

Rogers' guns were confiscated by law-enforcement officers after he fatally shot a man. He was later acquitted.

"I have to return property that was taken under the circumstance," Galluzzo said. "I have researched and haven't found case law to say otherwise."

Galluzzo said he had no choice but to return Rogers' 10mm Glock and a rifle that was used to kill James DeWitt, 34.

The shooting happened at Rogers' home in Geneva during a fight in March 2012. Rogers spent time in jail and went to trial in January. He was granted immunity using the "stand your ground" law.

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Four years ago, Rogers was accused of shooting at his cousin.

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