A San Francisco man was acquitted Thursday of breaking into his ex-fiancée’s house and assaulting her new lover before getting sprayed with bear mace by a shirtless neighbor.
Jurors deliberated for just three hours before finding Christoper Hall, 31, innocent of the two felonies.
The “chaotic and confusing” night began on March 25 when Hall broke off his plans to marry his 34-year-old fiancée, said Deputy Public Defender Phoenix Streets.I'm no relationship expert but when you meet in a hacky-sack circle, and moving back to your old place involves climbing a tree, can bear mace be far behind?
The two had met in a hacky-sack circle in early February and announced plans to marry just two weeks later, Streets said. But the relationship quickly turned tumultuous, Streets said, and the pair broke up on March 25.
Hall took his few possessions and moved out of his fiancée’s home and into a tree at Mclaren Park. But as Hall climbed the tree and attempted to sleep that first night, he became cold and returned home, Streets said.
Hall’s former lover was not there, so Hall “curled up under a tarp under the woman’s backyard bushes,” Streets said....