Jurors Offer To Pay Acquitted Man For ‘Sheer Lack Of Evidence’ In Cleveland Assault Case

By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Feb 10, 2021

Jurors Offer To Pay Acquitted Man - Assault case. Jurors felt so bad for an acquitted man, who was jailed for weeks, that they offer to pay him $100 each. They say the evidence lacked the charges against 19-year-old Demrick McCloud.

McCloud was charged with leading other teens to beat a high school student and threaten him with a gun on Oct. 13. He was arrested and held in jail until the trial. The three jurors said they acquitted based on a “sheer lack of evidence” and offer to give the man their jury pay.

The jurors, Ana Boe, Jeanne Knotek and Richard Nagin, said they will each pay the $100 they were paid for service if Demrick McCloud earns a high school equivalency degree. “He seemed like a decent kid who was falsely accused,” Richard Nagin said in a statement. However, a prosecutor’s spokesman maintains in a statement that the victim was “steadfast” in identifying McCloud as an attacker.

The prosecution’s case was largely based on the victim identifying McCloud as an attacker. They said another boy fingered as a member of the gang was found to have been in school at the time of the attack. McCloud was found not guilty after less than 30 minutes of deliberations.

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