Kirksey Guilty on Robbery, Acquitted on Attempted Murder Charges

Kirksey Guilty on Robbery, Acquitted on Attempted Murder Charges

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It took 8 hours for a jury to find Collier Kirksey not guilty on 5 counts of attempted murder and guilty on one count robbery first degree.

Kirksey worked at the Winn-Dixie during the time of the dramatic robbery that led to the shooting of officer Chad Wynne.

The prosecution believed Kirksey provided critical details about the inner operations of the store to the robbers.

Even though the jury cleared him on all but one of the charges, the defense attorney, James Byrd, left the courtroom unsatisfied.

"I respectfully disagree with them, but that's why we have this American system of justice and we respect the jury's verdict," said Byrd.

During deliberations the jury asked to review footage of Kirksey walking to his car and in the back stock room before the crime happened. Initially, they came back deadlocked, but not wanting to declare a mistrial Judge Roderick Stout sent them back to give it another try. In the end they agreed there wasn't enough evidence to convict him on all 5 counts of attempted murder.

"I can't speak for the jury but to me one of the issues they struggled with was that fact that this was the inside man and he did not have a gun, but the law says that if you are acting in concert with someone then you are responsible for all the acts," said District Attorney Ashley Rich.

"The state was having to get Collier Kirksey for acts that they couldn't show that he committed, and he was held at gunpoint. You had to draw conclusions from circumstantial evidence," said Byrd.

Kirksey's family left the courtroom quietly. Sentencing for him and Jackeith Harrison is scheduled for next Thursday.

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