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Hot dog vendor returns to work after being acquitted of murder

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville hot dog vendor acquitted of murder goes back into business right outside the courthouse.

Donald Hayes returned to his stand Monday morning, but it wasn't business as usual. All of his hot dogs were on the house as a way of giving thanks.

"I was wondering if I was going to see the red cart when I walked by," one of his loyal customers said.

It's a homecoming of sorts on 6th and Liberty Streets. The hot dog vendor re-opened after spending nearly two years with a murder charge hanging over his head.

Last week, a jury found Hayes not guilty after he shot Danny Wilson in an alleged road rage incident in 2014.

"I came out here to support him because I think what he did was basically correct," said Steven Gross.

The public watched as the local businessman claimed self-defense.

In the end, Hayes was cleared of all charges.

"It's not a happy situation. It's about relief and trying to move forward," said Kevin Glogower, Hayes' attorney. "He's just very thankful. He wants to give back, so that's what he's doing today."

Hayes offered free hot dogs as a token of gratitude.

His supporters surrounded his cart, asking questions and leaving words of encouragement.

"Just to say that you're a good guy. You did a good job. You had a clean life," Gross said.

There's no word yet on when Hayes will return to his normal business schedule. He said Monday was all about giving back.

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