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Suspect acquitted in slaying of Eastern Michigan football player

Suspect acquitted in E. Michigan slaying

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A jury on Monday acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

The Washtenaw County Circuit Court jury reached the not guilty verdict in the trial of Ed Thomas, 21, one of two men charged in the slaying of the 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago.

The other man charged, Kristopher Pratt, 20, accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, testifying that he shot Reed and Thomas participated in the Oct. 18 robbery.

The jury acquitted Thomas on open murder, armed robber and conspiracy charges.

“I’m surprised and disappointed,” Ypsilanti police Lt. Thomas Eberts, one of the lead investigators of the killing, told the Ann Arbor News. “I believe we had the right person.”

In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said Thomas was just as guilty as the admitted triggerman, Pratt, who was a key witness against Thomas.

But defense lawyer Lorne Brown argued that the case rested on false testimony by Pratt. Thomas was just hanging out with Pratt the night of the killing and wasn’t part of the crime, Brown said.

– Associated Press

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