VIA| William Merideth, the Kentucky man who shot a drone that was spying on his sunbathing teen daughter, has been cleared of all charges stemming from the incident in July, 2015. Merideth had been arrested on charges of criminal mischief and wanton endangerment for firing his weapon within city limits. After Judge Rebecca Ward reviewed the case, she cleared Merideth’s name and vindicated his actions.
Following the ruling Ward stated,
I think it’s credible testimony that his drone was hovering […] 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. I’m going to dismiss the charge.”
The drone belonged to David Boggs, who claimed that the flight data showed the drone flying well above 200 ft in the air when it was shot. Although he claims the altitude was much higher than Merideth’s testimony, multiple witnesses saw the drone hovering below the treeline from their yards. The neighbor’s testimony ultimately convicned Judge Ward that Merideth was in the right. Boggs stated in disbelief,
She believed what the neighbor said and that the drone was below the tree line. The judge didn’t look at the video, paid no consideration to the video. I’m just shocked, beyond shocked.”
Boggs is furious about the ruling and plans to pursue further legal action in civil claims court. He plans to meet with his attorney this week to extend the life of this legal argument. He continued his statement,
My original thing was for him to just replace the drone, but it’s much bigger than that now — he lies and then doubles down on his lies”
The incident went viral after felony charges were laid against a man who many believed was simply protecting the privacy and safety of his teenage daughter. This recent ruling has sparked outrage among “drone-rights” activists despite the fact that there was no evidence to support the pilot’s high altitude claims since the memory card has conveniently gone “missing.”