State v. Feaster

CHARGE: Murder


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)

Dayton man acquitted of murder (Dayton Daily News)
Ex-Felon Wins Fight Against Murder Charge (The Dayton Weekly)

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