Jury convicts Hwy. 169 road-rage shooter of first- and second-degree murder


Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

Kristin Boughton looks up toward a sunlit window inside the Hennepin Government Center before she and family members gathered for the media.

A Hennepin County jury on Thursday convicted a Chicago man of first-degree murder in the Hwy. 169 road-rage shooting of a father driving his son home from a baseball game last summer.

The family of 56-year-old Jay Boughton said they weren't celebrating the guilty verdicts that will result in a life sentence for Jamal Lindsey Smith, but they praised the prosecution, investigators and good Samaritans for helping them find the truth they've been searching for since the night of July 6, 2021, brought so much darkness to their lives.

"And if I didn't stay in the light, I'd go to anger, and what does that leave for my children? What does that leave for [Boughton's son] Harrison, who witnessed this?" Boughton's wife, Kristin, said shortly after the verdicts were read. "This has always been about staying in the light."



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