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Branson found not guilty of murder

Thursday, October 11, 2012

leonnah@standard-democrat.com

BENTON -- Twenty-year-old Brianna M. Branson of Miner looked straight ahead Wednesday afternoon as 34th Circuit Court Judge Fred Copeland told a full courtroom he found her not guilty on charges of felony murder, assault in the second degree and armed criminal action for the July 24, 2010, death of 18-year-old Kendra Gray.

Branson and her family silently rejoiced with smiles and hugs as some members of Gray's family and friends fled the courtroom in tears and holding hands.

Branson previously pled not guilty to the charges, and a bench trial was conducted Sept. 27 in the circuit courtroom at Scott County Courthouse in Benton.

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