Chris Kessel Secures Not Guilty Verdict
The client was in tears as he and criminal defense attorney Chris Kessel listened to the jury foreman read the verdict. Not guilty verdicts were read as to all three of the charges against the defendant. Along with first degree premeditated murder, the client was found not guilty of felony firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from a shooting that took place in Detroit in August 2013.
Detroit defense attorney Chris Kessel’s entire theme of the case was that when you make a very specific description of clothing, the actual clothing better match that description. The prosecution’s case rested almost solely on the testimony of one witness; an eye-witness to the actual shooting. The witness testified that she saw the shooting from her home, and that she had a clear view of the shooter, who was wearing a green hoodie with white writing across the chest and no zippers. While she was unable to see the face of the shooter, after being shown surveillance video from a nearby gas station, the witnesses picked out the defendant and claimed that he was the shooter.
Fortunately, the video was so clear that you could see exactly what the client was wearing, which was a green hoodie with no writing and zippers across the front. Though the witness believed that the defendant was the shooter, she could not stand up under Chris Kessel’s cross examination. When shown the video in open court, the witness said that she was sure the defendant was the shooter, even though she was forced to admit that his clothing did not match the description she gave police. It took the jury less than 30 minutes to return the not guilty verdict.
When a client retains a criminal defense attorney at Nessel and Kessel Law we immediately begin to develop a comprehensive strategy for success. Sometimes success means convincing the prosecutor to dismiss the charges completely, or have them greatly reduced. Other times it means a motion to suppress evidence to have the case dismissed by a judge, or fully preparing for trial and securing a not guilty verdict. Each client, case and set of facts are different. That’s why you need a criminal defense attorney who is prepared to handle any situation that comes across their desk. Contact Nessel and Kessel Law today so that you can talk to a criminal defense attorney and see what success can mean for you.