published Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Georgia jury acquits man in shooting of cross-dresser

ALBANY, Ga. — A southwest Georgia prosecutor says he suspects a jury acquitted a suspect charged in a shooting because the victim was a man who testified wearing women’s clothes.

The Albany Herald reports Brian Jeremy White was found not guilty of armed robbery and aggravated assault charges Friday. He was accused of shooting Eric Hayes in the leg while stealing the man’s purse in September 2011.

During the trial, Hayes wore women’s clothing and pearl earrings to court when he testified. District Attorney Greg Edwards says the jury’s verdict was probably influence by “the victim’s lifestyle.”

But White’s defense attorney, James Finkelstein, says other factors favored acquittal — such as inconsistent statements the victim gave about the robbery and shooting.

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