MONROE, Ga. — A Walton County jury took just a few hours to reject the state’s arguments and find a Monroe man innocent of the murder charges against him in a 2017 shooting death.
Kenslo Damonse Hester of Monroe was acquitted Friday in Walton County Superior Court. He was accused of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of 20-year-old Lewis Palmer Jones Outlaw Jr. near a home on Wheel House Lane on Aug. 21, 2017.
W. Henry Clerke IV, a Marietta attorney representing Hester, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Police had been called to a call of discharging firearms at about 11 that night and by the time they arrived, received another call of a man shot.
Attempts to revive Outlaw were unsuccessful.
Monroe police soon put out a notice they were searching for Hester, then 22.
Hester was arrested about a month after the shooting and charged with murder and with gang-related activities.