2 of 4 acquitted in 2015 death of teen in drive-by shooting

January 25, 2018

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has acquitted two of the four men charged in the 2015 shooting death of a teenager in Pennsylvania.

The Erie County judge Thursday granted acquittal motions by attorneys for 20-year-old Jahaun Jones and 22-year-old Stephen Russell citing lack of evidence against their clients after a prosecution witness failed to appear.

The two were charged in the July 2015 death of 16-year-old Shakur Franklin, who was killed by gunfire from a sport utility vehicle driving through an Erie party. Four other people were wounded.

Their attorneys along with the attorney for 21-year-old Demond Mitchell said their clients weren’t at the scene. Mitchell’s lawyer says he has an alibi.

Twenty-year-old Keshawn McLaurin’s lawyer acknowledges that his client was there but says he had nothing to do with the shooting.