Verdict: Not Guilty
David Raybin and Ben Raybin obtained a full acquittal of their client Brandon Horton, who had been charged with First Degree Murder. The prosecution alleged that Mr. Horton shot and killed a fellow Tennessee State University student in 2015. The police had initially determined that the victim accidentally shot himself while reaching down to pet a cat. Later, they accused Mr. Horton of shooting the victim intentionally.
During the third day of trial, the trial judge granted the defense motion to dismiss the most serious charges due to a lack of evidence. The only remaining charge that went to the jury was reckless homicide. After less than 30 minutes of deliberation, the jury acquitted the defendant on that count as well.
“Mr. Horton and his family thank the jury for their verdict,” said David Raybin. “The defense team believed that the Nashville justice system works and an innocent man was saved by a fair legal process.”
Mr. Horton will now resume his college studies.