UPDATED 5:04 p.m.
A jury has acquitted a man charged with first-degree murder in the 2020 death of a man who was on a motorized dirt bike when he was chased down by a car and fatally shot.
The shooting death of John Parks Jr. took place in July 2020. Perry was charged on Dec. 7, 2020. The charges carried a life sentence if found not guilty.
Defense attorney Mallory Hughes said in a news release, “Our client had his constitutional rights protected by a fair and impartial jury and we couldn’t be prouder of our client and the result.”
Co-counsel Renee Mathias said in the release, “I was so impressed with the jury’s attention and devotion during trial. They protected our client’s constitutional rights.”
Police say Parks and a friend were riding their dirt bikes on a city street on July 26, 2020, when a black sedan began chasing them and at one point crashed into Parks’ bike. Police say Parks ditched the bike and began running, but a person in the sedan fired several shots, hitting Parks in the neck.
The alleged shooter was never arrested.
Berry Law said "that Perry was not driving the car or was involved with the shooting. Evidence presented during the trial showed the state was not able to accurately identify the exact car involved or produce solid evidence that would place Perry at the scene or in the vehicle."
“Daquandre gets to hug his family today after two long years of not seeing them,” Hughes said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier for him and for the results.”