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Not Guilty Verdict For Man Accused In 2013 COTA Bus Shooting

A Franklin County jury returned 12 not guilty verdicts for a man accused of firing at a COTA bus two years ago and injuring a passenger.
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A Franklin County jury returned 12 not guilty verdicts for a man accused of firing at a COTA bus two years ago and injuring a passenger.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 21-year-old Anthony Saunders III was acquitted on all 12 counts of felonious assault, with a gun specification for each. The counts represent the 10 bus passengers who were in the line of fire and the two occupants of a car that investigators think was the intended target. 

The charges are in connection with an April 16, 2013 shooting that involved a COTA bus heading northbound on 4th Street at 8th Avenue.

Saunders was accused of shooting at a red Chevy Impala driven by a man with a female passenger. The car was traveling westbound on East 8th Avenue.  The COTA bus had just pulled over to drop off passengers at a stop at the time of the shooting.  Amy Develvis, a passenger on the bus, was struck in the head.

Saunders faced more than 20 years in prison.