It took about four hours Monday for an Atlanta-area jury to acquit one of four men charged in the torture and murder of a Morehouse College student.
"We gave the jury all the evidence that we had, and I'm stunned and disappointed by the verdict," Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Graham argued that Breylon Garland, 24, was guilty of the 2006 murder of his classmate, Carlnell Walker, 23, who was bound, gagged, doused in gasoline and left in a car trunk to die. Walker was found in the trunk of his car, parked in the garage of his Riverdale home, two weeks after his death. His mom had called police saying she'd been unable to reach her son, the Journal-Constitution reports.
Walker’s attackers were seeking money, say prosecutors, who believe the victim had bragged about getting a settlement from a car accident a few months earlier, according to the newspaper.
In August, a jury found another defendant, Miles Allen, guilty of the charges, and he was given two life sentences plus 70 years. Two other defendants have yet to stand trial.