Yakima jury clears man accused of beheading threat
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A superior court jury in Yakima acquitted a Union Gap man who was accused of threatening to behead a judge and police officer.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before returning the verdict on the felony harassment charge against 40-year-old Raymond Eric Zahler.
He was accused of making the threat in a letter he sent last July to multiple government agencies.
The defense lawyer, Dennis Morgan, argued the language was allegorical or satirical as Zahler was writing to seek assistance in resolving a legal dispute.
Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com