75-year-old man acquitted of attempted murder

A 75-year-old Phenix City man accused of trying to kill his son was found not guilty this morning by a Russell County jury.

The jury took 2 1/2 hours to acquit Theodore Gay, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Graham. The trial, which began Monday, concluded around 10:30 a.m. today with a verdict of "not guilty by reason of self defense."

"It's tough when you're prosecuting someone that old to begin with," Graham said of the verdict. "I wasn't happy about it."

Prosecutors accused Gay of shooting Michael Gay, his youngest son, in the arm during an altercation on July 14, 2006. The elder Gay testified that he had previously been beaten by his son and used the shotgun to protect himself.

See Wednesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.