“Drone Slaying” Father Acquitted On All Charges For Shooting Down Drone Flying Over Sunbathing Daughter
Last July, a young lady laid sunbathing in Kentucky when a drone appeared over her and hovered. This infuriated her father, William H. Merideth, who subsequently fired his gun and blasted the drone out of the sky. Merideth was arrested and charged with first-degree endangerment, firing a gun in a residential neighborhood, and criminal mischief.
On Monday, however, a judge dismissed all charges, finding that Merideth was not guilty of any wrongdoing, and ruled that he had every right to shoot down David Boggs’ drone.
“I think its credible testimony that his drone was hovering from anywhere, for two or three times over these people’s property, that it was an invasion of their privacy and that they had the right to shoot this drone,” Bullitt County Judge Rebecca Ward said.
At the time Merideth was arrested back in July, he said that the device was flying near his yard and he “had no way of knowing (if) it was a predator looking at my children.”
On Monday, Merideth said, “I feel good. I feel vindicated. I was being watched. It was an invasion of privacy and I just, I wouldn’t have put up with it no more.”
The remote-controlled drone was valued at around $2,500. The owner of the drone plans to appeal the charges to a grand jury.