Career criminal is killed minutes after jury mistakenly sets him free

Joseph Serna (Los Angeles Times) | June 12, 2014

A career criminal who was set free Wednesday after a Fresno jury accidentally filled out a not-guilty form was killed less than an hour later when he got into an argument at his sister’s home.

Fresno County sheriff’s records show Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, was freed from jail at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday, the same day the Fresno Bee reported a jury mistakenly checked off the “not guilty” box on verdict forms when they weren’t sure how to say they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

Less than an hour after being released, at 12:52 a.m. Thursday, Fresno police say, his sister’s boyfriend fatally stabbed him in the torso and head when he showed up at her home to pick up his belongings.

“Weird stuff, huh?” said Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios. “That he’s released and while he’s out, he’s murdered. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it.”

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fresno-criminal-released-killed-20140612-story.html

Photo credit: FRESNO BEE

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