BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Prosecutors have dismissed costs in opposition to a Weldon man who was accused of yelling a racial slur and firing a gun after the alleged sufferer modified his story.
Dennis James Knippel, who’s white, had confronted costs together with a hate crime stemming from a confrontation with a Black man in Onyx final yr. The fees had been dismissed Nov. 1.
Assistant District Lawyer Joseph Kinzel stated the alleged sufferer gave statements throughout the investigation that conflicted with what he initially informed authorities, together with that the weapon used within the offense was a BB gun and never a firearm. Additionally, the alleged sufferer determined to not take part within the prosecution, Kinzel stated.
“Given the conflicting state of the proof, the cost was now not able to being proved past an affordable doubt, so the case was dismissed within the curiosity of justice,” he stated.
Knippel, 53, was arrested Feb. 27, 2020, after a person reported Knippel twice used a racial slur and fired a shot at him. The person stated the shot missed and he was unhurt, in response to stories filed in Kern County Superior Courtroom by sheriff’s investigators.
The person stated he and Knippel had ongoing issues, and he received a battle in opposition to him a yr earlier, in response to the courtroom paperwork. He informed an investigator Knippel had been harassing him, and beforehand broke home windows to his house and automobiles.
An investigator photographed a metallic software shed with a small gap in it that gave the impression to be in step with a bullet gap, in response to the paperwork. A projectile was not discovered.
The alleged sufferer informed an investigator, “I’m going to maintain it 100 with you, I don’t wish to testify in opposition to him, go to courtroom, or have my title in a report. I’ll deal with it myself.”
A witness stated she was sitting on her entrance porch when she heard yelling, in response to the filings. She heard a racial slur, and when the alleged sufferer walked towards the software shed “she heard a muffled sound like a gun being shot,” she stated within the paperwork.
Knippel wasn’t on the scene when deputies arrived. A California Freeway Patrol officer detained him at his house.
Knippel denied proudly owning firearms, and stated he solely had a BB gun. The officer discovered a BB gun with a silver slide tucked into the motive force’s seat of Knippel’s pickup, the paperwork stated.
The officer handcuffed him, learn him his rights and requested if he understood.
“Yeah, I do know my rights. I didn’t do something,” Knippel stated in response to the filings.
Knippel denied going close to the alleged sufferer or firing a gun. He informed the officer he was in Lake Isabella on the time of the incident.
Detectives decided the BB gun was not the weapon used. The alleged sufferer described the gun as a silver revolver, in response to the paperwork.
In 2016, Knippel pleaded no contest to creating terroristic threats, a misdemeanor, and later the identical yr pleaded no contest to contempt of courtroom and obstructing or resisting a peace officer, courtroom information present.
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