Updated: April 6, 2013 4:41PM
A Lake Superior Court jury acquitted a Gary man of reckless homicide in a 2010 shooting in Gary.
Donmonique Glasper, 35, was acquitted in the shooting death of Albert Lewis.
Evidence presented by Catherine Breitweiser-Hurst showed that Glasper and a friend were driving in Gary on the evening of July 3, 2010, and into the early morning hours of the next day, stopping occasionally to fire shots into the air.
When they pulled onto Mount Street where Glasper’s friend’s mother lived, Lewis approached the driver of the car and told them to get off the street. Glasper opened the passenger door and said they had no beef with him, but the group of people became increasingly agitated, defense attorney Karen Coulis said.
Lewis asked his friend for his “strap,” a reference to a gun, and went toward the passenger side of the car. Glasper told police he heard Lewis rack the gun, and Glasper fired two shots toward Lewis, who was shot in the upper chest and rushed to the hospital by friends.
Glasper called 911 and waited for police.
At the time of the shooting, Glasper was living in Florida and returning to Gary periodically.
The case was presented to a grand jury, which returned the reckless homicide indictment in December 2010.
Judge Salvador Vasquez ordered Glasper released after the verdict on Thursday.