July 8, 2011
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Jury acquits Ron Johns of attempted murder
After listening to six days of testimony and deliberating for less than a day, 12 jurors found a Tonto Basin man acted in self-defense when he shot his neighbor in the back of the head more than a year ago. Defendant Ronald Johns, 70, was found not guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to animals. He will be sentenced July 23 for three counts of misconduct involving weapons, which he pleaded guilty to two days before trial.