Saturday, February 28, 2015

MO: Jury finds Gorse not guilty in self defense case

After deliberating roughly two hours, a Washington County jury found a Cadet man not guilty of charges related to the shooting death of his son-in-law.

Martin Gorse, 49, of Cadet, had been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the April 29, 2012 shooting death of 31-year-old Ronald Coleman Jr.

The jury, which consisted of 12 women, were given five options in their jury instructions. If jurors didn't find the man guilty of first-degree murder, they had to consider second-degree murder and then voluntary manslaughter, followed by first-degree or second-degree involuntary manslaughter. The jury didn't find him guilty of any of those charges.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Should Martin's gun be returned to him?