Homeowner Cleared In Killing

A Knox County jury has acquitted a homeowner of a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a trespasser outside his home.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours, then found Kevin Beeler not guilty of second-degree murder in the shotgun death of 21-year-old Stewart Lee Williamson, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.

Beeler’s lawyer said Thursday’s verdict was just. The prosecutor told jurors evidence showed Williamson was running away when he was shot.

The 39-year-old Beeler was home with his girlfriend, his father and his two children in April 2006 when a motion sensor and his dogs indicated someone was in the back yard. Beeler said when Williamson came through a gap in the fence, he started yelling and firing the gun because he was scared.