CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A juror in the Kenan Gay trial spoke to WSOC-TV on Saturday, saying that she does not regret the not guilty verdict
Twenty-year old Lacey King asked that her face not be shown during the interview, but she agreed to let the public know how she made her decision.
She and 11 others listened to three weeks of testimony. Prosecutors said Gay pushed a drunken Robert Kingston out the front door of Ed’s Tavern in Dilworth and into the street, where he was hit by a car.
They argued Gay was angry, because Kingston had allegedly made a pass at his girlfriend. Prosecutors asked the jury to convict Gay of second-degree murder, or involuntary manslaughter.
King said arguments on both sides were strong, but she believed Gay’s testimony. She also said a field trip the jury took to Ed’s Tavern showed her how easy it would have been for Kingston to stumble into the street on his own.
“That’s where our doubt came in. We knew what happened inside, we did not know what happened outside,” said King.
She said ultimately that doubt caused her and the other jurors to let Gay walk free.
“When it came down to it we had to look at reasonable doubt and we didn’t know beyond a reasonable doubt what happened that night.”