A Scott County District Court jury on Monday found Keith Meyer innocent of a misdemeanor count of assault while displaying a weapon.
The jury of six men and six women began deliberations Friday evening and picked up Monday morning, submitting their ruling Monday afternoon. Their decision came after a week-long trial in Scott County District Court.
Mr. Meyer, 71, of Davenport, a former city alderman, represented himself throughout the proceedings.
The charge against Mr. Meyer culminated a long feud with his neighbor, John Fahs, over a shared driveway.
Mr. Fahs, a rental property owner, allowed tenants to park on Mr. Meyer's land and regularly dumped garbage near the start of their jointly owned driveway, Mr. Meyer said.
"I tried," Mr.Meyers said, claiming repeated complaints he submitted to the city and police departments were not taken seriously and dismissed. On Nov. 11, Mr. Meyer was accused of taking a shotgun from his home and displaying it in a threatening manner towards Mr. Fahs.
"It's one of those guns you don't know what to do with," he said, adding there was no evidence he had raised the gun at his neighbor. A picture taken by Mr. Fahs at the time of the incident showed Mr. Meyer holding the firearm at his side.
During the trial, Mr. Fahs testified he had felt like a "deer in headlights" during the incident and was frightened for his life.
In his closing statement Friday, Assistant Scott County Attorney Will Ripley said it did not matter whether Mr. Meyer had pointed the gun or not; to be found guilty, there only needed to be proof that he displayed the gun and that the alleged victim was fearful.
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.