On Wednesday, the jury in the trial of Anthony “Christian” Hoskins found him not guilty of murder in connection with the death of Steven Hess.
Hoskins was also found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and not guilty of reckless homicide.
Hoskins will be released from the Gibson County Sheriff’s office as soon as everything is processed.
Prior to the announcement of the verdict, the judge warned everyone in the gallery to act appropriately.
The murder trial of Anthony “Christian” Hoskins may soon have a verdict.
The jury in Gibson County is deliberating whether Hoskins acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Steven Hess early this year – following an argument at the Diplomat Motel managed by Hess and his wife.
The jury heard testimony from one more witness on Wednesday, retired Evansville Police Department Instructor Guy Minnis.
Minnis said he trains both officers and civilians to shoot to kill when trying to stop a threat.
In final arguments, the defense claimed that Indiana legislation regarding self-defense is the ‘Kryptonite’ to a murder charge in this case.
The state argued Hoskins did not use reasonable force when trying to stop Hess, saying his testimony showed Hoskins’ entire culture revolved around weapons and that he trained for this moment.
The state pleaded with the jury not to set a precedent that every altercation be ended with a gun shot.
Follow Eyewitness News’ Sam Knef for the latest on the trial.
Now jury goes back into deliberation. No telling how long they will take. They began just after noon. There is a lot of evidence, particularly video evidence the jury can review if it so chooses. @WEHTWTVWlocal— Sam Knef (@SamKnefTV) September 12, 2018
(This story was originally published on September 12, 2018)