Elderly Woman Acquitted of Hitting Off-Duty Cop
Ninety-two-year-old Hazel Jones-Huff, who was charged with misdemeanor battery to an off-duty Chicago police officer, has been acquitted.
A resident of Chicago’s Gresham community, Jones-Huff was arrested in April after an argument among herself, her husband, and next-door neighbors (an off-duty officer and his wife) escalated into gunfire.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the volatile dispute resulted in her husband being killed and the officer’s wife being blinded in her right eye along with having her right arm amputated.
Judge Matthew Carmody, the Cook County Associate, said that he had listened to the 911 tapes multiple times, which confirmed that the neighbors had a physical altercation; however, evidence did not prove that Jones-Huff hit the officer nor his wife in the head with a broom, as the couple testified.
The couples were known to have a bickering relationship, often over neglecting common courtesy of their yards.
Jones-Huff recovered from gunshot wounds and was the only one charged in the incident.
Read full details of the altercation and acquittal here.