EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Jurors have acquitted a man accused of having gunned down a woman in what authorities called a gang-related revenge killing almost three years ago in eastern Pennsylvania.
The Northampton County jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before acquitting 37-year-old Kasheem Aiken of homicide and conspiracy charges.
Prosecution witnesses testified that the Easton resident had blamed 19-year-old Teayahe Glover for a shooting that critically wounded her boyfriend. An alleged accomplice testified that Aiken shot her in the face on a south Bethlehem street in February 2017 and continued to fire after she fell.
Defense attorney Christopher Shipman argued that the alleged accomplice was the real shooter and killed the victim in order to rise in the ranks in a gang.
Jurors reached their verdict about an hour after asking the judge whether they could convict Aiken of third-degree murder without finding that he was the shooter.
After the verdict, Aiken called out to relatives of the victim “I didn’t do nothing to your family. I’m sorry for your loss.” He also said "Rest in peace, Taay.”