COLONIAL HEIGHTS (WRIC) – Friends and family of Rusty Mack, the man who was brutally beaten to death in February, demonstrated at the county courthouse in what they call "a rally for justice."
Last week, Jonathan Guy, the first of four people who will to be tried in connection to the 21-year-old's death was found "not guilty."
Roughly 50 people throughout the day showed up in protest of the verdict.
They say justice wasn't served and as Frankie Blaha heads to court Friday, they say they want justice for Rusty after the "not guilty" verdict against Jonathan Guy.
Emotions ran high leaving the courthouse last Friday as Rusty Mack's father shouted, "You can kill someone in Virginia and get away with it. Put that on the news!"
Thursday afternoon, friends, family and loved ones of Rusty Mack gathered to demand justice.
"We want to do a demonstration to try to get a fair trial on the rest of the three remaining to go to trial," says Carol Clayton.
They say they aren't pleased with the way the Colonial Heights Commonwealth Attorney prosecuted the case against Jonathan Guy.
"He didn't fight for justice at all," says Belinda Cardwell. "He actually looked like he was working for the defense."
They have a petition asking for a special prosecutor to be brought in to prosecute the other three defendants.
"Mr. Bray just didn't have it together that day."
John Rockecharlie, the defense attorney for Frankie Blaha says the only right thing to do here is dismiss all charges against his client.
"Frankie is much less culpable that Jonathan Guy. He was according to the testimony last week and all the evidence and all the evidence that has been out the entire time, Frankie was never closer than 40 feet to the victim."
Both sides of this case say they want justice to be served.
"All of them should have been prosecuted," says Gerry Kendall. "That's the law."
"I hope the commonwealth looks at this and reevaluates this and does the right thing," Rockecharlie says.
Calls to the Commonwealth Attorney's office for comment were never returned.
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