Congratulations to Attorney Adam VanHo on his not guilty verdicts in the case of State of Ohio vs. Marcus Price.
Price had been accused of Aggravated Murder, Murder and Tampering with Evidence in connection with the death of Ahmed Crim-Hill, a young Akron man whose life was cut short on February 15, 2015. Following a week long trial, it took the jury less than three hours to return not guilty verdicts on the Aggravated Murder and Murder charges. Price was convicted of Tampering with Evidence for his actions in the hours after the homicide. You can read about the cases on the websites of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal.
While television shows and movies make it appear that not guilty verdicts happen all of the time, that is not necessarily the case. There have been only a few "not guilty" verdicts in Summit County in recent years. Prosecutors often take 'safe' cases to trial, and will often negotiate plea deals in cases where there is uncertainty in the verdict.
As with any case, the chances of a good result for the defendant rest on the experience of the trial lawyer; the preparation that goes into the case; and the presentation of the case to the jury or judge. An experienced attorney can walk you or your loved one through the process and work to ensure the best possible result.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to a computer issue, a previous version of this blog was accidentially deleted.]