In Johnson County District Court last Friday, April 12th, a jury found Gerald Eugene Hamlin “not guilty” of bringing a controlled substance into a jail and delivery of a controlled substance.
Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney Ken DeCock, gave a brief statement on the trial's outcome in an e-mail sent out early Monday.
In the e-mail, DeCock said, “Three days of trial ended … with a Johnson County jury finding Gerald Eugene Hamlin not-guilty.
Following two days of testimony, the jury deliberated for over eight hours before rendering the verdict.”
He continued, explaining, “This case was difficult because Mr. Hamlin had been released from jail before methamphetamine was discovered by detention officers. Not every crime is easily proven and sometimes pieces of evidence are just not available. My office does not ignore crimes because they are difficult to prove, and for that reason some cases end up before a jury. The fact that the juror's deliberated for eight hours illustrates the difficulty they had making a unanimous decision.”
He ended by saying, “I commend the jurors for the time and obvious effort they put into reaching this verdict.”