Jury Finds Chai Vang Guilty

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) A guilty verdict today for Chai Vang.

The Hmong man accused of killing six white hunters and wounding
two others in the woods of Sawyer County was convicted late this
afternoon on all six counts of first-degree intentional homicide
and three counts of attempted homicide.

The jury in Circuit Court at Hayward deliberated about three
hours before reaching its verdict.

The 36-year-old Vang, a truck driver from St. Paul, Minnesota,
testified he was called racial slurs and one of the others fired at
him before he opened fire in self-defense. The others had
confronted him about trespassing in a tree stand last November
21st.

The two survivors testified Vang shot first, and the only shot
fired at Vang was after he had already shot some of the victims.

Each count of first-degree intentional homicide carries a
mandatory life prison term.

There was no reaction from Vang as the verdict was read.

Outside the court, one of his friends, Pofwmyeh Yang, questioned the jury's all-white makeup and maintained Vang is innocent.

He says he couldn't see why there couldn't be at least one
minority on the jury.

He adds that -- quote -- ``I believe only one person can judge,
and that's God. But God didn't judge today.''


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