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Jurors Who Acquitted Illegal Immigrant Of Homicide Tell Why

Jose Sosa Jose Sosa

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A jury acquitted an undocumented immigrant of killing a mother and daughter.

Police thought they had plenty of evidence to convict Jose Murillo Sosa but the jury disagreed.

The victims' family and prosecutors have tried to understand the verdict. Now, tonight on NewsChannel 5 at 6 p.m. you can hear from two jurors why they let Sosa walk free.

Relatives were upset, and so were prosecutors who thought they had plenty of evidence to at least put Sosa away for the rest of his life for killing Adrian Roundtree and her mother, Lori Roundtree.

Tim Rountree said his 16-year-old niece Adrian loved to draw and color.

"We were all stunned," he said.

Now, everytime Tim remembers Adrian and Lori he will also have to remember their tragic death and the surprise acquittal of who many believed was their killer.

Jurors acquitted 16-year-old Sosa who lived next door Lori and Adrian .

Police said mother and daughter were stabbed dozens of times in their home more than two years ago in south Nashville.

Assistant District Attorney Kathy Morante said it's the first time she's been surprised by a verdict.

"We had evidence of a bloody fingerprint belonging to the defendant as well as other fingerprints that were not bloody," Morante said.

"We felt it was almost a before and after picture that there were prints going into the house that were not bloody, and the print leaving the home which was bloody," she said.

Morante said police also recovered Sosa's DNA on a murder weapon mixed in with the victim's blood.

During a police interview, prosecutors said Sosa denied being inside the Rountree home.  

The jury deliberated five and a half hours before returning the not guilty verdict.

Now, Tim and the rest of his family must move on. 

"Eventually, regardless of what happens with a jury in a case like this there is a judge. They will have to answer to for eternity," Tim said.

Prosecutors said the jury was not interested in talking to them after the verdict. Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn would not release the juror list.

Police said Sosa is an illegal immigrant from Honduras. He will be deported.

It's the second time he's been in the United States illegally, but he can't face federal charges until he crosses the border illegally for a third time.

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