Former UNC football player Kenan Gay found not guilty of murder

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Kenan Gay

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former University of North Carolina football player on trial for murder has been found not guilty.

WSOC reported Friday a jury found Kenan Gay not guilty of murder in the death of Robert Kingston. The jury said Gay was not guilty of second-degree murder just before noon Friday.

Gay was accused of pushing Robert Kingston into the path of an oncoming car outside a Dilworth bar two years ago, killing him.

The judge sent the jury home around 4:45 p.m. Thursday and they picked back up Friday at 9:30 a.m. Twelve jurors had to vote unanimously.

Prosecutors said Gay deliberately pushed Robert Kingston into the street outside Ed’s Tavern around two years ago. The defense said it was all an accident and Gay was trying to protect his girlfriend.

In closing arguments, the defense made an emotional plea for their client, telling a love story about a boyfriend trying to protect his then girlfriend.

The state dug in and started by saying, “Heroes don’t run away.”

Defense attorney David Rudolf told jurors Wednesday, “This case is built on six seconds.


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