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July 20, 2011
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Jury acquits former officer
By FRANCIS McCABE
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
A Clark County jury took less than an hour to find former Las Vegas police officer Aron Carpenter not guilty of felony charges related to a May 2010 police pursuit that left one person dead and another injured.
Tears welled up in Carpenter’s eyes after the verdict was read Tuesday. He gave his attorney, Bret Whipple, a bear hug and then embraced his wife, Ingrid.
“The nightmare that I’ve had to live for the last year and two months has finally come to an end,” Carpenter said outside Judge Elissa Cadish’s courtroom. “I stood up (for) the truth. I never wavered. I know what happened out there. They (the Metropolitan Police Department) misconstrued what they misconstrued.”
Prosecutors alleged Carpenter disobeyed orders to end the pursuit of Ivan Carrillo, followed Carrillo at 60 mph and bumped his car, triggering a three-vehicle crash.
Carpenter was acquitted of two counts of felony reckless driving.
Prosecutors quickly left after the verdict was read and declined to comment.
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Count 2: ATTEMPT MURDER WITH USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON
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Issue 1: That the Defendant committed a battery upon Daniel Griffin
Issue 4: That the Defendant committed burglary with intent to commit battery upon Daniel Griffin
The State of Nevada v. Charles L. Stewart, Jr.
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