Report: Man freed by jury error is fatally attacked within an hour of his release

Bobby Lee Pearson was set free after a jury mistakenly signed a not-guilty verdict form.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

FRESNO, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- A California man who was released from the Fresno County Jail after a jury mistakenly signed a not-guilty verdict form was free for about an hour before being fatally attacked.

A Fresno County Superior Court jury accidentally found Bobby Lee Pearson not guilty of burglary charges and the judge was forced to order his release.

"I can't believe it," Judge W. Kent Hamlin said after he ordered Pearson to be set free, the Fresno Bee reported.

Pearson was released late on Wednesday night and he went to get some clothing at the home of a relative.

He reportedly had an altercation with the boyfriend of a relative and he was found in the road with fatal wounds to his torso and head early on Thursday morning.

A suspect is in custody.

"He was a good man and my son's father," Mya Thomas told the Bee.

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