Lifer acquitted in murder of Beau Zabel

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Courtroom outbursts interrupt Philadelphia trial in killing of aspiring teacher from Minnesota.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence was acquitted of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an aspiring teacher during an iPod robbery in Philadelphia, stunning the victim’s family.In a contentious back and forth with the prosecution, 37-year-old Jones insisted he was not present at 8th and Ellsworth Streets on the night 23-year-old Beau Zabel was shot in the back of the neck in June of 2008.

As for the witnesses, Jones claimed he had no relationship with his sister’s boyfriend, and didn’t even know Devone Brinson, his old Graterford cellblock mate who testified that Jones admitted to gunning down Zabel and his suspected accomplice, Tyrek Taylor. Zabel moved from Austin, Minnesota, to Philadelphia to start work in the public schools a few weeks before he was killed in June 2008 during a street robbery that netted an iPod. Prosecutors had no DNA or other physical evidence linking him to Zabel’s slaying, but said he later told relatives that he killed 19-year-old Tyrek Taylor because the alleged accomplice had been talking about Jones “killing the teacher.” Prosecutors also called two witnesses who testified they heard a “boom,” saw Zabel’s body on the sidewalk and then watched a man searching around the body.

Zabel was enrolled in a teaching program at Drexel University, where he planned to teach math to inner-city children during the day and take courses at night.

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