BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A jury has found a South Carolina man not guilty of murder in a 2016 Beaufort County killing.
Defense attorney Carl B. Grant says it was the third time prosecutors brought Ishmael Rivers to trial.
Grant says the first time a judge stopped the trial because there wasn’t enough minorities in the jury pool and the second time jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.
The 22-year-old Rivers was charged with killing 61-year-old Benjamin Campbell in Burton in 2016.
Prosecutors say the killing happened during a drug deal.
Grant says the prosecution didn’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and didn’t present to the jury a weapon used to kill Campbell.