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Man Who Shot Japanese Exchange Student Released on Bond

November 6, 1992

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ A man indicted on a manslaughter charge in the shooting of a Japanese exchange student surrendered to authorities Thursday and was freed after posting a $100,000 property bond.

Rodney Peairs was indicted in the shooting of Yoshihiro Hattori, 16, who had knocked on his door Oct. 17 dressed in a disco-style Halloween costume.

Authorities said Hattori was looking for a Halloween party when he went to Peairs’ house by mistake.

The 30-year-old butcher admitted shooting Hattori, but said he thought the teen-ager was an intruder. Indicted by a grand jury Wednesday, he faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter.

Authorities said Peairs’ wife was startled when Hattori came to the door. They said she called for her husband, who brought a .44-caliber handgun.

Peairs shouted ″freeze″ at Hattori, police said. But the teen-ager, who spoke little English, apparently didn’t understand and moved toward him.

Peairs was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after offering his and his parents’ houses as security for the $100,000 bond.

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