Thursday, July 28, 2011
Eight years ago, Keri Pope lost her husband, 21-year-old Joey, when he was shot and killed inside their home. Five years ago, she and Chris Miller were arrested and charged with his murder.
On Thursday evening, Keri Pope was found “not guilty” of the charges as the result of a directed verdict by Judge Stephen John.
The case against Miller will continue.
The state in the trial rested its case at almost exactly 5 p.m. Thursday.
About an hour later, after the defense made a motion for a directed verdict of not guilty for Pope and Miller, the judge ruled the state had not presented enough evidence to send to the jury in Pope’s case.
He said sending the evidence presented by the state would cause the jury to have to deal in “speculation.”
The judge did say there was evidence that Pope “lied or misled police” but added she had not been charged with those crimes.
By Scott Harper