A man accused of shooting and killing four people in Boston during a drug robbery was acquitted by a jury on Thursday, media reports said.
Edward Washington, the jury said, is not guilty on four counts of murder or all other charges against him, the Boston Herald reported.
Some of the victims’ loved ones shouted out as the verdict was read and some were escorted out of the courtroom by officers.
“No justice! No peace!” said Anez Smith, the grandmother of a 2-year-old victim who was shot in the incident, according to the newspaper. “We ain’t got justice. Amani ain’t gonna die in vain.”
Defense lawyers had argued that a key witness in the prosecution’s case, a person who admitted to taking part in the robbery, was not credible because he claimed he left before the shootings.