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Jury Acquits Grand Haven Man of Alleged Racial Slur

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GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - An Ottawa County Circuit Court Jury on Friday returned a non-guilty verdict on a 56-year-old Grand Haven man accused of ethnic intimidation for writing a racial slur on a wall at an apartment building last spring. Kenneth Schmidt, who has a past conviction for minor drug possession, allegedly wrote the slur with a red marker, directed at an unnamed black janitor at the Williamsburg Court Apartments on South Beacon who was preparing a vacant unit for a new resident. The epitaph came after the victim had left the scene briefly to pick up some supplies. Testimony was heard on Thursday; the jury needed around four hours to acquit Schmidt.

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