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Homicide Charges Dropped in Danbury Shooting

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 am

Second degree homicide charges have been dropped against former Minneapolis firefighter, Kyle Hugget for the shooting of John Peach in rural Danbury in January of 2008.

Judge James Babbit found that Burnett County Officials did not have permission to listen to a series of voicemails exchanged between the victim and the defendant and eventually the messages were lost.  The judge stated that this prohibited Hugget from a fair trial.  The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department can appeal the ruling.

In February , Hugget’s defense attorneys argued that threatening calls left by Peach on Hugget’s phone are evidence that Hugget acted in self defense.  The phones of Hugget, Peach, and Hugget’s girlfriend were sent to the state crime lab, who was unable to retrieve the messages.

Hugget pleaded not guilty to the charges .  Police reports indiccate Huggett shot Peach twice in the chest after an apparent dispute between the two men, that was fuel by text messages.

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