LIVINGSTON – A 42-year-old Corrigan man was found not guilty Thursday night in connection with the July 18, 2015 stabbing death of Demarcus Jackson, 21, also of Corrigan.
Steven Al White had been charged with murder in connection with the death but the charge was rejected by the jury.
Jury selection was held on Monday, June 13, and testimony in the trial got underway Tuesday. If he had been found guilty, White faced a sentence of up to life in prison.
“We are very grateful for the jury’s time and attention in this case,” White’s attorneys Dana Williams and Seth Evans said in a statement released Friday. “The trial started Monday and lasted until late on Thursday and the jury patiently listened to all the witnesses, examined the evidence and followed the law regarding self-defense in this murder trial.”
Jackson was killed during an altercation that occurred at 201 W. Second Street in Corrigan. Jackson’s family members told investigators he forced his way into the Second Street home because he believed White was abusing his cousin, TaiAnna Harrell.
Following Jackson’s death, police launched a manhunt for White, who surrendered to police on July 20.
White reportedly still faces a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence but was released on a personal recognizance bond following the trial.