St. Louis jury acquits man in killing, robbery attempt

2 years 1 month 2 days ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:18:00 AM CDT August 17, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been acquitted of killing and attempting to rob a suburban St. Louis teenager.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors found Montrell Jeffery, of Berkeley, not guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. Authorities alleged that Jeffery tried to rob 17-year-old Trevon Chapple of a handgun and then shot him in January 2016. Chapple, of Spanish Lake, still had a gun on him when his body was found.

Another man testified that he witnessed the shooting. Other evidence included a video that was posted to Facebook a few hours before the shooting of the three men singing and rapping together.

Jeffery's attorney argued that the state's case was weak and relied on a witness who had a credibility problem.

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