Andy and I took a felony juvenile to jury trial last week in Judge Hatch’s court. The charge was exhibition of a firearm (while on school property). The state headed by Gary Spear would not offer anything short of a conviction. We picked a jury and left Judge Hancock’s son (a police officer) on the jury. The State had two witnesses and a Frenship ISD officer as witnesses. The jury spent a little over two hours deliberating and we got a “we do not” … meaning not guilty!
We spoke with the jury afterwards and they felt that whatever was said, it was not meant to alarm withing the meaning of the statute. They said that they were 10 to 2 not guilty at the very beginning of deliberations!