Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

Conviction returned in shooting of golfer

March 31, 2001

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— A man accused of shooting a 16-year-old girl as she was golfing last year was convicted Friday on attempted murder and other charges.

Jurors deliberated about three hours before returning verdicts against Craig Fischer, 39, of Ulysses. In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Fischer was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, attempted rape and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Fischer showed no emotion when the verdicts were read. The young golfer and her family hugged each other.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 13 after motions are heard on May 17.

Charity Maune, a golf star at Syracuse High School, was shot three times as she golfed alone at the Tamarisk Golf Course just south of Syracuse on Sept. 15. Testifying on Tuesday, she identified Fischer as her assailant, saying he approached, pointed a gun at her and started dragging her toward some bushes.

She said she pulled away and was shot, but managed to get up and run to the clubhouse.

Defense attorney Mickey Moorman maintained that Fischer was not the assailant.

"What we and Craig are asking you to do is look at the evidence produced, where things were done, how they were done and draw the correct conclusions," Moorman told jurors on Thursday, the third day of testimony in the case. "This is the wrong man."

A private forensic scientist testifying for the defense and a Kansas Bureau of Investigation scientist disagreed on DNA evidence introduced at trial.

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