CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury in Tennessee has cleared five bounty hunters and bondsmen of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the mistaken identity death of a 24-year-old man.
The Leaf-Chronicle reports a jury heard almost three weeks of testimony and returned the verdict Thursday.
Prosecutors and Clarksville police alleged that Jalen Johnson Milan was killed April 23, 2017, when bounty hunters opened fire on a vehicle he was in while looking for another man.
Defense attorneys said their clients didn’t know their intended target wasn’t in the vehicle, and were acting in self-defense when the car sped off and hit several bounty hunters.
The five defendants faced 16 charges each. Two others reached plea deals previously. One guilty verdict was returned Thursday. Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Young was convicted of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.