Former APD officer found not guilty in beating case
Posted at: 09/26/2013 6:13 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A jury reached a not guilty verdict in the Connor Rice trial. Rice was accused of aggravated battery and battery after chasing drug suspects, then beating one and tazing another in 2012. It was caught on lapel camera video, and that became the key piece of evidence in the case.
Rice showed relief and his family celebrated the end of a stressful time as the jury read the verdict.
“It's been a long process and I'm just thankful that it’s over and that the jury was able to listen to the truth and all the evidence and come back with a verdict I believe is completely just,” Rice said.
Rice claims he was just doing his job and didn’t expect to get fired or to be charged with aggravated battery.
“The last thing I expected,” Rice said. “The last thing.”
An attorney for the state thought the video would be enough to convince a jury Rice used an “unreasonable” amount of force.
“I actually still think the video speaks for itself. It's up to interpretation in a courtroom but I still think the video itself is the video,” Timothy Callaway said.
The jury spoke differently.
“It's a huge weight off my shoulders, I'm looking forward to moving forward,” Rice said.
Rice plans to appeal and try to get his job back with APD.