Michael Brelo was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault for the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. He was visibly emotional as Cuyahoga County Judge John O’Donnell read a portion of the verdict in open court.
Prosecutors said Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who fired a total of 137 times into the couple’s car in the November 2012 shooting. He was the only officer charged criminally because prosecutors said he intended to kill Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, alleging that he reloaded during the shooting barrage and that it was his final salvo that killed the couple.
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