CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The courtroom stayed quiet Monday after a judge announced that Miguel Quinones had been found not guilty of first-degree murder.
“I think everyone was just in shock,” said Linda Hunter. Her son, Kareem Hunter, 28, died after being beaten in a Marmet apartment.
Quinones, 37, remained calm after hearing he had been acquitted of Hunter’s murder, said his lawyer, Robert Dunlap.
“In private, he was so moved. He couldn’t even articulate,” Dunlap said.
Police believed Quinones was the main force behind Hunter’s killing. Prosecutors never offered him a deal, as they did his two co-defendants, Deveron Patterson and Kelsey Legg.
During Quinones’ trial, his lawyer told jurors that Patterson and Legg had placed the blame on his client so they would receive lighter sentences…