Man found not guilty in South Side shooting death
By Joe Gorman
Jurors found a Winona Drive man not guilty of charges in the November 2015 shooting death of a man on the South Side.
Desmond Kimbrough, 37, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the death of Christopher Anderson, who was killed Nov. 7, 2015, on Montclair Drive.
Kimbrough was wounded in the same shooting and claimed self-defense.
Jurors received the case to deliberate Tuesday afternoon, then left at 5 p.m. before returning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. They reached verdicts about 10:30 a.m.
Judge John Durkin heard the case, which began last week, but had to be out of town Wednesday. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny read the verdicts.
Kimbrough was free on bond during the trial and often went into the hallway with his phone during breaks.
He did not appear nervous Wednesday as the verdicts were read and afterward shook hands and slapped the back of one of his two attorneys, Sam Amendolara.
His other attorney, Robert Duffrin, said the verdict was the correct one.
“I think the jury made the right decision, and he was not guilty,” Duffrin said.
Prosecutors did not offer a motive for the killing although they did say the two men did not like each other.
They said Kimbrough’s DNA was found on two guns at the crime scene, but defense attorneys said his DNA was not on the trigger of the .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol that was determined to be the weapon that fired the fatal shot into Anderson’s cheek.
Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Trapp said the first thing that went through his mind when he heard the verdicts was Anderson’s wife and children.
“I feel for the victims,” Trapp said. “He’s a father and he’s a husband. It’s sad his wife and children don’t get any justice.”
Trapp said he was not sure what went wrong in the case.
He said the case will be reviewed to determine if perhaps a different strategy should have been implemented but he also said jurors may have decided to believe in an “alternate set of facts” presented by the defense team.