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Three acquitted in King murder trial

ALBANY, Ga. -- A jury acquitted two men and a woman of conspiracy murder, felony murder and other charges Monday in connection with the January shooting death of Dominic King.

Tavaress Sinqunce Jackson, 22, Kendrick Lewis Sanders and Lekisha Rhonecia White, both 19, were acquitted by a jury after a three week trial.

They had been charged in connection with the shooting murder of King on Jan. 14. One of their friends, Eugene Bell, 19 at the time, confessed to shooting King in the back. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

The verdict disappointed the prosecution, said Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

It was an example of justice served, according to Ingrid Driskell, one of three defense attorneys involved in the case. Driskell represented White.

"My client is free to go home now," Driskell said. "The justice system works. The jurors didn't allow emotion to cloud their judgment."

Jackson was found guilty for possessing a gun at the scene of a crime. He was given house arrest while he awaits a sentencing hearing, Lanier said.

Jurors would not speak about the decision process or their verdict after being discharged from their duty at about 5 p.m.

According to defense attorneys, including Sandra Satchell representing Sanders, King was involved with Debra Mulkey as was White. When King arrived armed at Mulkey's residence Jan. 14 he meant to harm White, who was also there, the attorneys indicated.

According to defense summations, White, in order to protect herself from King, called her friends for help. When the group arrived, Bell alone fatally shot King twice in the back, defense attorneys contend.