A jury took only 45 minutes on Thursday to acquit Randy Scott Foor in the death of Dennis Sprigg.
Foor showed his first signs of emotion in two days after the jury read its verdict by thanking them and smiling. Foor even embraced his attorney, Thomas Dickey.
Sprigg was attending a party at Foor’s house when a fight broke out between the two men, who Foor claimed were best friends and acted like brothers. Foor allegedly pushed Sprigg, whose head slammed into a concrete slab in the carport of Foor’s home. Some witnesses said they could hear Sprigg’s head smashing on the pavement.
After six weeks of unconsciousness at the Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Sprigg was transferred to a nursing home and died one week later.
Memorial Medical pathologist, Dr. Manjunath Heggere, who performed Sprigg’s autopsy, said his death was a result of the blunt force to his head. Sprigg sustained a number of broken bones in his skull, including the back of his head where the thickest bone is located.
There was some conflict with witness testimony during the trial, and Dickey argued that Foor was acting in self-defense.
“It was borderline,” said Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins. “We respect the jury’s verdict.”
After the jury was dismissed on Thursday and the court recessed, Sprigg’s mother came forward to voice her disappointment.
“My son’s death doesn’t mean anything to anyone,” Shirley Sprigg said. “It doesn’t mean anything in Bedford County.”