Transcript for Kenan Gay Found Not Guilty in Murder Trial
We're going to start with the verdict in a closely watched case. A bar brawl that spilled out on to the streets with deadly results. The young man charged with murder, claiming it was all a terrible accident. The tension in the courtroom thick, when jurors delivered their decision. And Linzie Janis is here with all of the details. Reporter: Good morning, Rebecca and Dan. Jurors in this case, had to decide if Kenan gay, a former university of North Carolina football player, meant to kill a man who had allegedly groped his then-girlfriend. Or if it was a tragic accident. This morning, former college football player, Kenan gay, is a free man. Acquitted of second-degree murder in the 2012 death of Robert Kingston, after a bar scuffle turned deadly. In a press conference after Friday's verdict, gay's father, calling it all a tragedy. There's no winners in this case. The Kingston family's lost a loved one. And we're all sorry for that. Reporter: But thankful for his son's new freedom. Kenan has been living under a dark cloud for a little over two years. What I said to him was, you got your life back. Reporter: On the stand last week, gay, a 25-year-old law student, said he never meant to hurt or kill 30-year-old Robert Kingston. Gay testifying, he pushed Kingston to protect his girlfriend, who is now his wife, from Kingston's aggressive advances. But prosecutors argued gay intentionally shoved Kingston out of the bar and into oncoming traffic. Gay's attorney arguing an inebriated Kingston stumbled into the street and was hit and killed by a car. Oh, my god. I just ran over somebody. He just ran out right in front of me. Reporter: After about nine hours of deliberation, jurors found gay not guilty on all charges. Just because a jury found him not guilty doesn't necessarily mean that they believed him. It means that they did not believe that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict him. Reporter: The Kingston family reportedly taking the verdict hard. Silent as they left the court. Do you feel justice was served? Reporter: Surveillance video from the bar was expected to be crucial in this trial. But the public has not seen that footage since no cameras were allowed in court. The trial looks like the end of two terrible years for both families. But, Dan and Rebecca, as Dan Abrams points out, the Kingston family can bring a civil suit, which has a lower burden of proof. A lot of other news overnight. Let's check the headlines once
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