BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A Jefferson County jury acquitted a
19-year-old man today of felony charges from a robbery that left
him with a bullet lodged in his forehead.
Jurors deliberated about 2½ hours before returning the verdicts
in the trial of Joshua Adam Bush.
Bush had pleaded guilty in May to charges of deadly conduct and
aggravated assault of a witness to have four other felony charges
dropped. Most of the charges stemmed from a July 2006 robbery at a
Port Arthur used car lot.
But Bush exploited a court error on June 14 to withdraw his plea
and reject the plea deal, which could have put him in prison for up
to 10 years.
Police say Bush was part of a gang that broke into a Port Arthur
used car lot and tried to steal vehicles. Police said Bush tried to
shoot the manager, but the man fired back, lodging a slug in the
fatty tissue of Bush's forehead.
Bush claimed he was accidentally shot by a friend. The case drew
international attention when police wanted to remove the bullet
from Bush's forehead over the objections of the teen and his
lawyer. Prosecutors eventually decided to try the case without the