BREAKING: Jury reaches ‘not guilty’ verdict in accused murder of Pensacola chef

Northwest Florida

UPDATE (5pm) — A jury reached a ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of 16-year-old Willie McKay Friday afternoon. 

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The trial of 16-year-old Willie McKay pushes forward Friday with the case going to the jury.

McKay is accused of shooting and killing Tin Cow chef Mark Freeman on July 20th, 2016 on Avery Street in Pensacola. 

Authorities say Freeman was shot in the chest while he walked to work that day. The state painted the picture of a robbery gone wrong, and McKay shooting Freeman over his cell phone.

Freeman’s defense says there’s a lack of evidence, including DNA and eyewitnesses.

The state says McKay changed his story several times, initially saying he did not know the victim or what happened. Then, the state told jurors McKay admitted to shooting Freeman in cell defense because Freeman tried to sexually assault him.

McKay explained to jurors why he changed his story.

“I told them what they wanted to hear because I thought they would let me go if I told them what they wanted to hear.”

The state is charging McKay with second-degree murder.

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