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Kitts Acquitted

Posted on 26th August 2016 at 09:06

Brian Del Kitts, 43, broke down in tears as a jury foreman announced a verdict of “not guilty” of first-degree murder in the February, 2000 murder of Shannon Cox. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about two hours before returning the verdict, after a trial of nearly two weeks in length. Kitts sobbed openly, as did his wife and other family members; his father-in-law, Mark Dykstra, says that this has been an extreme experience…kitts verdict…Kitts had been charged with the murder after Cox’s son, Donovan Allen, was freed after 15 years in prison; exonerated by DNA evidence that the Washington Innocence Project presented. Defense attorney Kevin Blondin made the case that as a close relative, one that visited Cox’s residence regularly, his DNA would naturally be in the home. Kitts also testified that he had fired the .22 rifle that was used as the murder weapon on several occasions, so it wouldn’t be unusual for his DNA to be on that weapon. Weeping profusely after the verdict was announced, Kitts also thanked the jury from across the attorney’s desk. Yesterday’s acquittal leaves prosecutors with no suspects in the 16 year-old murder, as both main suspects in the incident have now been found “not guilty.”