When someone is charged with a crime there are several ways in which the matter might be resolved. One of those ways is via a trial. In the course of this type of legal proceeding both sides have the opportunity to present evidence that supports their side. This evidence takes multiple forms including physical evidence and witness testimony. The case will be decided depending on what is presented at trial. A murder trial in Virginia was recently resolved this way.
The man on trial was accused of first-degree murder and three weapons charges connected to the death of a coworker. More specifically the man was said to have fired a shotgun at the other man, hitting him in his face and ultimately leading to his death.
Though there was allegedly only one eyewitness, at trial both sides called multiple witnesses to testify. Specifically the prosecution’s witness said that after driving around to get marijuana he followed the deceased to a location where he engaged in a fight with the accused. It was there that the shooting allegedly occurred. The witness said he watched the shooting from a car and left as soon as it happened.
While the prosecution used the eyewitness to support its case, the defense set out to establish that the man who was killed had connections with a gang associated with drug dealing.
Taking the evidence into consideration the jury on the case decided in favor of the accused. Accordingly, he was acquitted of all of the charges.