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|Kidd found guilty in attempted second-degree murder|
A 12-person 4th Judicial District Court jury returned a guilty verdict Saturday against Fred Kidd Sr. for attempted second degree murder, according to assistant district attorney Neal Johnson.
Kidd, 57, was arrested in May 2006 for shooting his former girlfriend.
Monroe police initially responded to Kidd's residence at 913 Pine St. where he told officers his former girlfriend, Elizabeth Robinson, was shot in a drive-by incident.
Robinson was found lying on North 10th St. at the corner of Pine Street. She was shot once in the lower abdomen.
According to police reports, as Robinson was being loaded in the ambulance, she advised authorities that Kidd had shot her.
The .357 pistol used to shoot Robinson was found by officers on the kitchen table in Kidd's residence, Johnson said. A subsequent ballistics test matched the bullet taken from Robinson with the gun found in Kidd's house.
The state contended that Kidd and Robinson had ended their seven-year relationship around May 1, 2006.
The evidence presented showed that Kidd had claimed Workman's Compensation Benefits against his former employer, Brown Radiator Service, contending that he had fallen and injured himself on the job in September 2002, Johnson said.
Robinson testified that Kidd had physically abused her several times during the course of the relationship, and that after one incident of abuse in March 2006, she reported to attorneys for Brown Radiator Service that Kidd had actually injured himself by falling off a ladder at home the week before he reported the accident.
Based upon the information provided, attorneys for Brown Radiator attempted to subpoena Robinson to a hearing in May 2006 before the Workmen's Compensation Court to testify against her former boyfriend.
Robinson testified at Kidd's trial that she had received two telephone calls during the late evening of May 11, 2006, and the early morning hours of May 12, 2006.
The first call she received was from Kidd's daughter who told her that she was concerned that she had heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the direction of her father's house.
Robinson also stated that she received a second call from Kidd at 12:52 a.m. telling her that she needed to come to his residence to check on her nephew. Robinson testified that she drove to Kidd's residence and rang the door bell. When Kidd came to the door, she began to leave after she realized that her nephew was not there. Robinson testified that she turned and began to leave but Kidd followed her as she headed to her vehicle and then shot her as she was standing in North 10th St.
Kidd presented witnesses during the course of the trial attempting to establish that he was the one that had been physically and verbally abused by Robinson during the course of the relationship, Johnson said.
Kidd, who did not take the stand in his own defense, contended that Robinson was stalking him and that he shot her as she came to his residence in self-defense.
A jury of nine women and three men rejected Kidd's defense and found him guilty of attempted second degree murder.
The prosecution was handled by assistant district attorneys Neal Johnson and Holly Chambers-Jones. Kidd was defended by attorney James Ross. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 2
Kidd faces a possible sentence of not less than 10 years nor more than 50 years without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.