State v. Feaster
POTENTIAL PENALTY: Life in prison
VENUE: Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio
ALLEGATION: A forty-five-year-old black man exploded in a rage and killed his roommate by plunging a knife into his chest. Defendant's roommate was a white man. Unfortunately, race can be an issue that unduly influences the outcome of a criminal case. The race of the defendant and the victim in this case was included to demonstrate that Mr. Bennett has experience successfully neutralizing the issue of race.
DISPOSITION: Trial by jury. The jury deadlocked 11-1 not guilty. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Bennett filed and argued a motion for acquittal based on the fact that 11 out of 12 jurors voted to acquit the defendant. The judge found Mr. Feaster not guilty of murder instead of declaring a mistrial.
RESULT: Not guilty (self-defense)