SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls teenager has been found not guilty for the high-profile shooting death of another teen after an across-town car chase that ended on one of the state’s busiest streets near The Empire mall.
After more than 10 hours of deliberation, a jury on Wednesday found Conner Hanson, 18, not guilty on all counts for the killing of Anthony Gabriel, 18, last January, according to a report from KELO-TV.
Defense attorney Jeff Larson argued Hanson fired at Gabriel in self-defense. Larson told the jury that passenger Robert Montes and Hanson tried to turn off and tried to stop Gabriel from chasing them, but Gabriel controlled the situation and unfortunately Gabriel tragically paid the consequences for his own violent and reckless behavior.
Gabriel was shot in the head in his vehicle near the mall, and later died.
Hanson was facing six counts, including first and second degree murder and manslaughter.
Minnehaha County Deputy State’s Attorney Randy Sample told the jurors that Hanson's decision to shoot and kill Gabriel was premeditated.