LAS VEGAS — A District Court jury found Howard Lee Haupt innocent today on charges of murdering a 7-year-old California boy at a casino 15 months ago.
Haupt wept as the innocent verdict was read, then told reporters he was "very happy" and was going home to San Diego. Roxanne Harris of Mountain View, Calif., the mother of victim Alexander Harris, sobbed loudly and put her head in her hands as the verdict was read. The Harris boy disappeared Nov. 27, 1987, from a video arcade at Whiskey Pete's casino on the California-Nevada border southwest of Las Vegas. His body was found a month later and Haupt was arrested in the case.