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Man Acquitted in Fatal Shooting Spree at Colorado Springs Bar

April 28, 1995

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) _ A grenade-carrying man who shot up a Colorado Springs motorcycle bar was acquitted of murder and other charges in the fatal 1993 spree.

Eugene Baylis was accused of killing two people and wounding two others in the shooting at Jim & I’s Star Bar on April 17, 1993. He faced 18 charges, including first-degree murder.

Jurors acquitted him on all counts Thursday, but Baylis immediately was ordered held on federal weapons charges.

Baylis, 44, apparently was looking for someone who had insulted him earlier when he was thrown out of the bar. He returned with a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun and four hand grenades, then began shooting.

Defense lawyers said Baylis went to get his weapons because he thought everyone in the bar would be armed. They said he acted in self-defense when he opened fire, killing the bar manager and a man outside.

Juror Shawnee Benton said she thought Baylis went to the bar looking for justice, not revenge. Other jurors said they didn’t think the prosecution did its homework.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver ordered Baylis held on weapons charges. It did not provide details.

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