Devin Stevenson has been found not guilty of homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment, but he was found guilty of possession with intent to deliver and of carrying a firearm without a license.
The jury first broke to deliberate around 2:30 yesterday. They came out again about an hour and a half later asking to see pictures from the scene on the big screen. They reconvened this morning and have decided that Stevenson acted in self-defense, finding him not guilty of all charges including homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment.
Stevenson shot O’Shae Imes several times on March 20th, 2015, in a drug deal gone wrong. The victim, O’Shae Imes, and another man attempted to rob the defendant. The victim, in this case, wearing a black mask, a hoodie, and carrying a fake gun. Stevenson, thinking the gun was real, telling the jury yesterday that Imes pointed the pellet gun at him. Remembering that night, Stevenson says, “I’m thinking he’s gonna actually shoot me now”.
The prosecution is saying Stevenson shot the victim over a bag of marijuana, but the defense is saying the defendant only fired the gun to protect himself because he truly believed the victim was going to shoot him.
The jury also asking the judge this morning to explain factors of the different murder charges before coming back with their verdict.
We’ll have more on this coming up on Action News at 5pm .