HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury returned no verdict Thursday after six hours of deliberation on a single terrorism-threatening charge filed against an Altoona man accused of shouting threatening remarks at neighbors while carrying a gun of hunting.
The charge against William Allen Hoy, 52, filed by Altoona police, will be returned to the county’s pending trial list for review April 19, Presiding Judge Wade A. Kagarise said late Thursday. afternoon.
Before dismissing the jury, Kagarise asked the foreman if another reading of the instructions would help the group reach a verdict.
The foreman, who had previously informed Kagarise that the jury had taken several votes, said no.
Outside of court, the foreman refused to reveal the jury’s final vote.
On Thursday afternoon, the jury asked several written questions which the judge had to answer.
He also twice returned to the courtroom to watch the police body camera video where Hoy was temporarily detained in a police cruiser and told the police officer about his husband and wife neighbors. Altoona, Zakary Knisely.
“No, I didn’t yell at anyone” Hoy said on police videotape. “I just woke up.”
The neighbors, who have since moved from the Garfield area, told jurors on Monday that they were working outside their residence on May 27, 2019, when Hoy began yelling at them from inside his residence.
“He used to call my husband a dwarf and said, ‘You will die, dwarf, you will die,” the woman told jurors.
The husband told jurors he had baldness on his head that looked like a hole and Hoy knew about it because at one point they had been friends.
“He was screaming that he was going to make another hole or a bigger hole in the back of my head,” the husband testified.
The wife said the threat, along with the sound of a shotgun being fired, prompted her to call the police.
Responding officers found and seized a shotgun on the second floor of his residence that was leaning against a wall near a window. Hoy said the shotgun had been there since returning from a recent turkey hunting trip.
Defense attorney John Siford said Hoy, who testified in his own defense, said on the witness stand the same thing he told police three years ago.
Assistant District Attorney Ian Hausner, in his closing remarks, asked jurors to recall that of the weapons in Hoy’s house, only the shotgun was unholstered. Hausner also referenced Hoy’s statement to police after being told he would face a terrorist threatening charge.
Hoy told the officer: “It’s my fault I was a f- – – idiot,” which, according to Hoy, meant he should have continued riding his motorcycle that day instead of returning home.
“It makes no sense to me,” Hausner said.
The Mirror’s staff writer, Kay Stephens, is at 814-946-07456.