Monday, August 1, 2011
The day after Juudge Stephen John — in a directed verdict — ruled Keri Pope was not guilty of killing her husband, Joey Pope, her co-defendant, Chris Miller, was also cleared of the charge.
Ms. Pope was also found not guilty of criminal conspiarcy by the judge but a jury found Miller guilty of that charge.
Miller was given the maximum sentence — five years — on that charge but is being given credit for the time he has served.
He has been in jail in connection with the Pope case since Sept. 2010.
With parole, he could be out of jail in a year.
It took a jury one our and two minutes to deliberate before returning the verdicts.
Miller and Pope were accused of shooting and killing Joey Pope as he slept inside his Highmarket Street home in May, 2003.
Since Ms. Pope was found not guilty of killing and conspiring to kill her husband, Chris Miller’s attorney — Wesley Locklair — was asked with whom his client conspired.
“That is a question only the jury can answer. I really don’t know,” he said.
Read more on this story later today and in Monday's Georgetown Times.