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Louisiana jury acquits man in 2016 killing and wounding

December 7, 2020 GMT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, more than four years after he was arrested and charged in the case.

News outlets report that 40-year-old Carlos Franklin was acquitted Friday by a jury in Caddo District Court in Shreveport.

Police say 55-year-old Gina Foster was killed and her grandson, Syborio Foster, was wounded after someone shot at a group of people in April 2016.

Witnesses testified during the trial that they saw Franklin shooting at people when he was in the passenger seat of a car. But prosecutors did not provide the gun, the car, other physical evidence or photographic evidence linking Franklin to the shooting.

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Franklin’s attorney, J. David Shepherd, pointed out the inconsistencies between prior statements made by witnesses and their testimony given at trial.