On Wednesday afternoon, jurors found a teenager guilty of dealing a deadly blow to Fenger High School student Derrion Albert.
When the verdict was read, the suspect was standing but he quickly slumped in his chair. One of his relatives screamed, "Oh, Lord," and ran out of the room.
Meanwhile, with tears in her eyes, Albert's mother pumped her fist in the air and said, "Yes."
"The facts were there from the start, they stared you right in the face. The jury saw that," said Albert's grandfather, Norman Golliday. "I am pleased. Justice was served."
The jury deliberated less than thirty minutes before delivering the verdict.
The first trial in the death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert hinged almost entirely on an infamous video of the South Side brawl seen around the world.
Several witnesses testified Wednesday, including a police detective who talked about the investigation into the attack.
A few minutes into the testimony, he picked up the railroad tie with which Albert was hit many times during the melee. Albert’s mother covered her face and shook her head.
Prosecutors played the video of the beating again for the jury, and slowed the tape down so jurors could see the teen punching Albert.
The 15-year-old on trial for the murder of the honor student sat in court while jurors watched the video, which shows the entire attack.
The tape was played four times Tuesday during the opening day of testimony.
The defendant's attorney said his client punched Albert but that blow didn't kill him. Prosecutors say every kick and punch Albert received on his walk home from school “acted together to cause his death."
Four other suspects, who will be tried as adults, are awaiting trial.
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