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ALTERED STORY LEADS TO ACQUITTAL

November 12, 1997

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A witness changed his story when taking the stand this week to testify against a man accused of using a gun to collect an overdue loan.

That testimony might have led to a jury's decision Tuesday to acquit Michael S. Harris, 23, of aggravated assault for the July 25 incident at the Jayhawk Bookstore, 1420 Crescent.

Sam Marshall, an employee at the store, told police that he saw Harris pull up his shirt to show a gun to another store employee who owed him money. But on the stand during Harris' trial, Marshall said that he didn't see the gun, and that he had lied to police.

Although the five-man, seven-woman jury found him not guilty on the aggravated assault charge, they did find him guilty of unlawful use of weapons and obstruction of the legal process.

District Judge Michael Malone ordered Harris to undergo a pre-sentence evaluation. His sentencing will be Dec. 19.

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