Testimony continues for bar owner in murder trial, who faced up to 40 years in prison

With five jurors guilty on four counts and one jury deadlocked, judge Stephen Marcus told the jury they could reach a verdict, but had to dismiss them if they didn’t reach a unanimous decision.

In reaction to the “devastating” decision, the Rittenhouse bar owner and former Philadelphia Eagles football player called their actions “animalistic.” Meanwhile, the judge sentenced Rittenhouse to 30 days in prison.

Tracy Oliver, an attorney who represented Eric Kattus, owner of Boogie Down Bar in Philadelphia, said the jury was split on some technical and evidentiary factors: “This is a professional jury with a job to do, but at the end of the day, they’re human beings who came to a decision.”

Oliver also revealed that the trial is not over, and that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office intends to appeal.

The entire verdict is available here.

And another statement from the attorney who represented Kattus on the Boogie Down Bar murder trial — Tracy Oliver (@tracyoliverlaw) August 3, 2017

The bar was rocked by a double homicide in 2014, and Kattus was later arrested for killing bar co-owner Brian Costello and Lucien Costello, Brian’s son.

Read the full story at The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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