FRESNO, California – Shortly after being released from jail on a jury-related mistake, a man was stabbed to death at a relative’s home.
Bobby Pearson was let out of jail on Wednesday after a jury accidentally signed a not-guilty form in his burglary trial.
The judge said that after the form was signed, he had no choice but to release Pearson from jail because the verdict had already been put on the record. Prosecutors were unable to then retry Pearson because to change the verdict form would have been to expose Pearson to double jeopardy.
After he was released, Pearson went to the home of his sister, Lassandra Jackson, to pick up his belongings.
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Shortly before 1 a.m., he allegedly got into a dispute with Jackson’s 35-year-old boyfriend, Willie Gray. In the ensuing altercation, Pearson was stabbed multiple times.
Witnesses reported hearing a “pop.”
As Lt. Joe Gomez of the Fresno Police Department said, after hearing the noise, relatives “believe it’s a gun. They came out later and the boyfriend-suspect of the relative is gone…and the victim, 37-year-old male, is lying in the roadway.”
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer noted that investigators believe Gray killed Pearson, and that a steak knife was found next to Pearson’s body.
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Pearson was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with fatal wounds to his upper body and head. He died shortly after arrival.
Dyer stated that Gray was arrested and treated for injuries to his hands before being booked on suspicion of murder.