A jury finds ex-Ala. cop in Terence Crutcher shooting guilty of manslaughter

CNN Staff Writer

(CNN) — An all-white Alabama jury weighing the fate of a black man who killed a police officer following a white supremacist rally has ruled that he deserves a new trial.

The jury in Jasper, Alabama, deliberated for two hours before returning the ruling Monday.

Terence Crutcher’s attorneys won his request for a new trial on three charges: involuntary manslaughter, first-degree manslaughter and reckless endangerment. His attorneys presented witnesses, evidence and testimony in a pre-trial hearing on Friday, and additional evidence had been submitted on Monday.

The case stems from a September 2016 incident in which Crutcher, 40, was fatally shot following a police chase. He had allegedly disobeyed a police command to stop his vehicle, and an aerial video released after the shooting appeared to show that the man did not pose a threat to officers.

Crutcher’s family rejected the charges against him, and attorney Scott Adams issued a statement after the ruling, saying, “Our lives will continue to be dedicated to Trayvon Martin and Terence Crutcher and his memory will continue to live on for us.”

The statement went on to say that the case had “seen the worst, but we’re confident the best is yet to come.”

The officer who shot Crutcher has already been charged with first-degree manslaughter. His trial is expected to begin in January 2019.

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