By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Brad Gregg is a free man. Tuesday, a jury found him not guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter and Assault Causing Serious Injury.
Prosecutors say Gregg punched and killed Joe McDonald, of Ida Grove, Iowa, outside a 4th Street bar October of 2010. Gregg was allegedly arguing with McDonald's wife, when McDonald stepped in to help her. Gregg's punches followed. McDonald fell, striking his head on the ground. He never woke up.
Last September, in Gregg's first trial, jurors deliberated four days, coming back deadlocked. This time, it took just four hours.
Instead of getting convicted of a lesser offense, Gregg got off entirely. Members declined to say why. But, perhaps, they were swayed by testimony on Monday. Witnesses added credence to Gregg's self defense claim, saying it was McDonald who took the first swing, missing.
"Mr. Gregg hands were up like he didn't want no problems and then the other guy came in and tried to swing on him," said Witness Chris Robinson.
"He was trying to punch him," said Witness Dacosta Daniels.
"And what did Mr. Gregg do in response to that?" asked Defense Attorney Mike Williams.
"Hit him," said Daniels.
In closing statements Tuesday, the State did what they could to help jurors see things their way. Assistant Woodbury County Attorney James Loomis reminded them Gregg never mentioned self-defense when talking with police the night of the fight.
"If he were truly justified in what he was doing that night, he would have been yelling that at the top of his lungs," said Loomis.
Williams asked the jury to remove their emotions before deciding Gregg's fate.
"This isn't a funeral, this isn't a eulogy. This is a case of whether or not this government can prove this guy guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. And they can't," said Williams.
Apparently, Williams was right.
News Four called the Woodbury County Jail. They told us they were in the process of releasing Gregg, Tuesday evening. His family declined comment.
A relative of McDonald told News Four he didn't get justice.
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