A Fresno jury allowed a career criminal to go free Wednesday after members accidentally filled out a not-guilty form.
The judge, who was in complete shock, had no choice but to set defendant Bobby Lee Pearson free because the verdict had officially been entered into the public record, The Fresno Bee reported.
Jury members told the judge they were deadlocked and confused by the forms. Since there wasn’t a form for a deadlock, they signed the not-guilty form, The Bee reported.
Pearson, 37, and two co-defendants were accused of burglarizing an apartment in May 2013, stealing a video system and gun.
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