The jury is out only 30 minutes before it comes back with a verdict. Charged with kidnapping, and felonious assault, Demrick McCloud awaits the jury’s words.
The speed with which the jury decided his innocence was remarkable. What was even more remarkable was what came next:
Three of the jurors decided to donate their $100 jury stipends to McCloud as a “show of support” if he gets his GED. They also did so, primarily, to register disgust at the “sheer lack of evidence” against him.
The prosecutor had the victim ID the accused. How could the case have gone so wrong?
But here’s the problem: The prosecutor’s office and the victim himself, an honor student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, did a poor job of presenting their case. The victim changed his mind on the witness stand. He said he was mistaken. It turns out that one of the teens whom he had initially insisted was part of the attack was in school at the time.
Well, that’s a problem. What’s worse?
That’s a red flag, but neither the police nor prosecutors bothered reconsidering the case against McCloud after learning the victim was changing his story.
I don’t even know what to say.