Sunday, February 22, 2015

IN: Cooley found not guilty in Self Defense Case

The jury deliberated a little more than an hour.  The case must have been very favorable to Cooley.

Brent L. Cooley was found not guilty Thursday on four charges, including attempted murder, stemming from a July, 2013, shooting in Fontanet.

The 12-member jury in Vigo County Superior Court Division 1 deliberated just over an hour before reaching its decision.

After Judge John T. Roach read all the verdicts, Cooley, 48, said “thank you,” as he looked at the jury.

Asked to tell his thoughts on the verdict, Cooley said, “I don’t know if I can right now,” as he exited the courtroom and looked at his mother, who was weeping.

Norma Bryan, Cooley’s mother, and Larry Bryan, his step-father, attended the trial. “I am giving God all the glory. God answered our prayers,” Norma Bryan said in between tears. “I was afraid they would believe [Joshua Lankford].”

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