Rockford Murder Suspect Found ‘Not Guilty’ by Jury

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A Rockford man accused in the drive-by shooting death of a 15-year-old in 2016 has been found ‘not guilty’ of murder by a jury.

Latravius Stringer was accused of shooting and killing 15-year-old Lavontay Allen.  Allen’s mom, Jaton Watts, was wounded in the drive-by shooting and was a prime witness for the prosecution.  She took the stand to identify Stringer, a man she knew as ‘two pistols’, as the shooter.

However, Stringer’s defense attorney contended that initially, Watts could not identify any shooter, and that it was only weeks later when she claimed she saw Stringer commit the shooting.

The jury took a few hours of deliberations to declare Stringer ‘not guilty’ after only a day of testimony in which Stringer himself did not take the stand.

Another defendant in the case, Anthony Simms, who prosecutors contended was also in the car during the drive-by shooting, was also acquitted of murder charges back in June.

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