It's about time Wayne County did SOMETHING right :rolleyes:
Verdict Reached In Controversial Shooting By Trooper
Thu Jan 5, 3:25 PM ET
A Michigan State Police trooper was acquitted Thursday in the fatal shooting of a homeless man last April.
Trooper Jay Morningstar was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Eric Williams , according to Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy. The felony charges could have resulted in a maximum penalty of life in prison.
A 12-member jury found Morningstar not guilty on all counts at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit Thursday, according to the prosecutor's office.
"We always thought the jury needed to hear and decide the facts. We are obviously disappointed by this verdict. This case is a stark reminder that no one is above the law," said Worthy.
Williams, 40, was shot and killed outside the New Detroiter Bar at East Fort and Beaubian near Greektown in Detroit on April 14, the station reported.
State police said the shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. after troopers responded to assist Detroit police, who had been dispatched to the bar on a disturbance call involving Williams.
When police arrived at the scene, Williams began to walk toward troopers with his pants at his knees, and would not stop when he was told, according to Local 4 reports.
Police said Williams was unarmed and intoxicated.
Williams' family disputed the claims by Michigan State Police.