By Niara Savage, Atlanta Black Star/Yahoo News
A jury found a 27-year-old Black man not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2017 death of his girlfriend, who was struck and killed during an exchange of gunfire as police conducted a narcotics raid on a Florida residence, Treasure Coast News reported.
Andrew Coffee IV faced six charges in connection with the raid on his Gifford home. A jury on Friday acquitted him of five of those charges including second-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder of law enforcement and shooting or throwing a deadly missile.
Coffee’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Alteria Woods was in the home when a tactical team with the Indian River County Sheriff’s executed a search warrant.
“The Woods family never blamed Andrew ‘A.J.’ Coffee IV for the death of their daughter, Alteria Woods,” an attorney for the Woods family said after the jury acquitted Coffee of the charge related to the young woman’s death. “They are happy with the jury’s verdict and that justice prevailed today.”
Coffee said he spotted a rifle pointing through an open bedroom window and thought he was being robbed because the police didn’t make their presence known. But police say they did announce themselves and only returned fire after Coffee fired a weapon several times out of the window.
Categories: Police State/Civil Liberties