ST. LOUIS – A 43-year-old St. Louis man has been acquitted in the shooting deaths of two men.
Marvell Minnis was acquitted Friday in the August 2017 deaths of 44-year-old Matthew Barry and 45-year-old Otis Bennett outside the New Way Market in St. Louis.
Barry was found sitting inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds and Bennet was on the ground next to the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the jury deliberated for more than 12 hours before rejecting testimony identifying Minnis as the killer.
Murder charges against another man were dropped and Minnis was charged after a “secret witness” identified him as the shooter.
Prosecutors did not discuss a motive for the murders in court.