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Man Found Not Guilty in Rusty Mack Beating Death Trial

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HENRICO (WRIC) - Jonathan Guy, the man accused of killing 21-year-old Rusty Mack in a brutal beating earlier this year has been found not guilty on all charges, including second-degree murder and murder by mob.

After two and a half hours of deliberating, the jury came back with not guilty verdicts on all charges.

Extra sheriff deputies were on hand as the verdict was read, and emotions ran very high.

"Kill people in Virginia and you get away with it! Put that on the news!" says Mack's father, Rusty Mack Sr.

The family of Rusty Mack was the first to leave the courthouse after the not guilty verdict.

After nine months of waiting for justice, they say they didn't get it.

"This is the outcome, it means you can beat someone in the brain, and you can kick them and cause their death and still have a free life while I have to go to a cemetery to see my son," says Mack's mother Belinda Cardwell.

Mack's family says they blame the judge.

"Judge didn't allow a lot of stuff in that should have been allowed in to show that Rusty was not the aggressor by any means and he wouldn't allow the evidence in, and that is totally ridiculous."

While both sides agree there are no winners, with a young man dead, Jonathan Guy's family says they are thankful for the outcome.

"Thank God, that is all I can say, it was a good verdict, they had all the evidence and everything, they took their time, it's tragic, it really is but he didn't do it."

The attorney for Jonathan Guy said the verdict was emotional for himself, and for Guy. He said he feels bad that Guy spent the last nine months in jail for something he was not guilty of.

8News asked the Commonwealth's Attorney if he'll pursue charges against the other three charged with murder. He says he will have to meet with his team and reevaluate each case.

Mack died weeks after police say he was beaten outside his apartment by four people, including his estranged wife.

Guy is the first of four people facing charges in court. Three other suspects are heading to trial in the coming weeks for the murder of Rusty Mack.

Francis Blaha is due in court a week from tomorrow, November 15.

Ashley Mack, Rusty Mack's estranged wife, is set to go on trial December 10.

The trail for Margaret Blair Dacey is waiting to be scheduled.

 

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