Jurors in the “21st and Vietnam” murder trial announced Monday that they had reached a verdict on three of the seven charges against Anthony Hatton. Meanwhile, one of the jurors had to be released because of medical issues.
Since August 20, jurors have been deliberating in a case charging Hatton, Jekwan Smith, Johnnie Harris, and Stanley Moghalu as members of a crew called “21st and Vietnam” that is alleged to be responsible for the deaths of Tyrell Fogle, Isaiah Sheffield and Steven Moore. But on Monday, Judge Henry Greene learned that one of the jurors had a serious medical condition that required immediate attention. For that reason, he called in the twelve jurors and asked whether they had made a decision with regard to any of the charges in the case.
Their answer was “yes.”
Jurors announced Monday that they had found Hatton innocent on three counts: assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and carrying a pistol without a license. The jury, however, was unable to reach a verdict with regard to the charges of conspiracy and first-degree murder.
No verdicts have yet been reached in regard to defendants Smith, Harris and Moghalu.
Judge Green dismissed the sick juror “with deep personal regret” and the first and second alternate jurors have been contacted.
The jury is expected to restart deliberations Tuesday morning in regards to the remaining charges against the four defendants.
Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly referenced the total number of charges Hatton faces. The correct number is seven.