Grand Haven man cleared of ethnic intimidation charges

11:21 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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Kenneth Schmidt,

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) - A lakeshore man, accused of writing a racist comment on an apartment wall, is cleared of charges.

A jury Friday found Kenneth Schmidt not guilty of ethnic intimidation and malicious destruction of a building.

In May 2012, detectives say an African American maintenance man had just finished painting a unit at Williamsburg Court Apartments. He found a racial slur on the wall after stepping away to get supplies.

Police used handwriting samples to connect Schmidt to the incident.

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