The Towson "toilet bomb" case came to an end Thursday when a jury found Duane Gerald Davis Sr. not guilty of leaving a phony destructive device in front of a courthouse.
Police charged Davis in February after he left a porcelain toilet decorated with newspaper clippings, an electronic transmitter and a cellphone outside the historic Baltimore County Courthouse about 8 a.m.
The toilet triggered a police reaction that included a bomb-sniffing dog and a small robot. Workers from nearby businesses streamed out to watch as police closed nearby streets, including the 400 block of Washington Avenue, near the intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue.
Davis was also acquitted by the judge of making a false statement concerning a destructive device, according to court records. Davis' attorney, Jerome Joyce, said Thursday that the judge told attorneys that the prosecutors did not meet their burden of proof.