Man murdered hours after court mistakenly acquits him
A California man who was mistakenly acquitted by a jury lost his life in a brawl just a few hours after release. Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, was accused of committing a burglary. The jury scrutinizing his case accidently signed a not-guilty form for him on Wednesday this week, and the dumbfounded judge had no other choice then ordering his release from jail.
After being released, Pearson went to his sister Lasandra Jackson's home to get back some clothing and belongings that he had kept there. But after reaching his sister's home, he reportedly got into a brawl with Willie Gray, his sister's boyfriend.
Gray, 35, killed Pearson using a knife or gun. Investigators found a wound on the chest and cut on stomach of Pearson's dead body. Investigators also found a knife near the body. Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said that the two had a history of problems.
William Terrence, who prosecuted the case, said that he wanted Pearson to be sent to prison for committing burglary but he did not want him to die that way.
Speaking about Pearson's double jeopardy, Terrence said, "There's not a death penalty on a burglary. I'm not sitting here thinking he got what he deserved."
The jurors passed a guilty verdict for Pearson's co-defendant Terrel Minnieweather but mistakenly passed a not-guilty verdict for Pearson. The confusion over the ruling surfaced during lunch, when one of the jurors told court's staff that he in fact had voted to find Pearson guilty.
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