BLOOMINGTON -- A 49-year-old Bloomington man was acquitted Thursday of home invasion and seriously injuring a woman during a May 27 dispute at her home.
Warren Henry was found not guilty of home invasion, aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and criminal damage to property by a McLean County jury after about three hours of deliberation over two days.
Defense lawyer Brian McEldowney said after the verdict that it was unfortunate that Kira Williams was seriously burned during the argument, but it was obvious that the jury did not believe her version of events.
"It was unclear from her testimony how she received the burns, but it was clear that she contributed by her own actions," said McEldowney.
Willliams testified that she and Henry tussled over a frying pan containing hot grease after he arrived at her home intoxicated. She said the grease spilled and then he put the pan on her stomach and stomped on it three times, a claim he denied.
The jury also heard evidence that Williams looked through Henry's phone and became upset when she saw evidence that he was in contact with other women.
Discrepancies between the information Williams initially gave police and her testimony was another likely factor in the jury decision, said McEldowney.
In his testimony, Williams said his former girlfriend was injured when she fell during the argument at the stove and the pan came in contact with her body.
Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Harms said she appreciated the jury's work to reach a verdict and agreed that the conflicting stories of the witnesses was likely a factor in the decision to acquit.