By Natalie Fultz (Columbus, GA) A MUSCOGEE COUNTY JURY AQUITTED RON BLAIR ON ALL FIVE CHARGES IN THE 2012 MURDER OF KEON COLEMAN. A SHOCKING END FOR THE VICTIM'S FAMILY WHO DASHED OUT OF THE COURTROOM AFTER THE VERDICT.
PROSECUTOR JENNIFER COOLEY SAYS THAT BLAIR CONTINUES TO SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS.
"The Jury made the decision to allow this man to not be charged with this, and so the jurors got to hear the screams of a mother who is absolutely in pain and who has sat through this trial and who has heard all the evidence. Again I can't speak for the mother, I can speak for the prosecution team and I can tell you we're not just disgusted. We are shocked by the outcome.
A BLACK TORSO GUN WAS FOUND NEAR THE CRIME SCENE. THE DEFENSE ARGUED THAT THE GUN WAS COLEMANS AND BLAIR WAS ACTING IN SELF DEFENSE.
"They gave the appearance that the victim, Mr. Keon Coleman, didn't have a weapon. Inspite of their own witness putting on the record that he had a weapon and in spite of evidence that came out that the weapon was reported as early as two hours after the shooting. Also there was testimony given by the police that the crime scene was secure all up until well past 7 a.m. where noone would have been able to tamper with the crime scene or with the weapon.
BUT THE PROSECUTION BELIEVES THE WEAPON WAS NOT KEON COLEMANS.
"I believe that gun was planted by Ron Blair, however we did finger print it and we ran it to find out if it was stolen. It wasn't stolen and it wasn't the murder weapon. So again, this isn't CSI. We do what we can with what we have and we did and we made more than due diligence by doing the fingerprints. Again it wasn't the murder weapon. I believe that was a red herring that was planted.
STANDUP: "Now Mr. Blair won't be walking out of jail today as he still as pending charges on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and burglary. His attorney Stacey Jackson says he will be tried on these later this month. For WLTZ NBC 28, I'm Natalie Fultz.
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