|Updated: 3/06/2013 9:04 am
||Published: 3/05/2013 11:38 am
A Muskogee jury found a man accused of shooting into a home and killing a two-year old boy not guilty on Tuesday.
Elbert Meeks was charged for the death of Ja’cion Logan. Logan was shot and killed just four days before Christmas in 2011. Prosecutors say the boy was caught in the crossfire of a gang feud.
Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Jason Perez prosecuted the case. He told FOX23's Adam Paluka he does not agree with the jury's decision to acquit Meeks, but respects their decision.
Meeks’ attorney, Roger Hilfiger, told FOX23 he believes jurors returned the not guilty verdict because of the phone and internet records that he said proved his client was home.
Jurors did not deliberate very long, they returned the not guilty verdict not long after getting their instructions.
Vickie Ragsdale says she first had doubts months ago about whether Elbert Lee Meeks was responsible for murdering her grandson, Ja’cion Logan . After listening to testimony for four days, she says her doubts were confirmed.
“It really wasn’t really wasn’t a surprise to me after looking at all the evidence and things that they had,” Ragsdale told FOX23.
She says in court she couldn’t deny the strong evidence that Meeks may not have been the man who pulled the trigger.
“The phone records and the laptop records, it showed him texting and on his laptop from earlier that day throughout that evening. The real killer is out there, has to be. Someone had to do it.”
She hopes this is the moment where someone in her community speaks up.
“There is someone out there that knows what happened,” she said.
Right now, she says her family is at a maddening standstill that leaves here with a huge question; who killed a little boy that brought so much joy to her life?
“I have to know. This chapter is closed, or should be closed. It’s time to open a new chapter and find out who really did this.”
Prosecutors said they would not hesitate to file charges if the District Attorney’s office presents new evidence or a new suspect.
If you have any information about what happened the night Ja’cion Logan was killed, call the Muskogee Police Department at (918) 683-8000.