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Jury mulls fate of officer who shot at 1 man but hit another

MIAMI (AP) — The fate of a police officer accused of shooting and wounding a severely autistic man’s caretaker is now in the hands of a Miami jury.

North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda is accused of attempted manslaughter. He testified this week that he thought Arnaldo Rios Soto had a gun and was holding his caretaker, Charles Kinsey, hostage. It turned out Rios was holding a toy truck. Aledda insisted he never heard another message on police radio that it wasn’t a gun.

The Miami Herald reports the six-person jury got the case Thursday night. Miami-Dade Chief Assistant State Attorney Don Horn told jurors that Aledda’s gunshots were not a misfire but intentional, as he tried to kill Rios but wounded Kinsey.

Defense attorney Douglas Hartman blamed faulty radios and poor supervision.


This story has been corrected to say Rios on second reference to Arnaldo Rios Soto.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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