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Teen Acquitted in Case of Mistaken Identity

February 13, 2018
Client Success


A 19-year-old Missouri man was charged with 12 counts of assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. If convicted, he faced at least 15 years in prison – and possibly a life term. The case was referred to Husch Blackwell through the Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, a pro bono program designed to ease the workload of the state public defender’s office.


During the three-day trial, we argued that our client was a victim of mistaken identity and that a chief witness was not credible. The jury agreed and returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts after just an hour of deliberation.

Husch Blackwell Team: Kyle P. Seelbach, Jonathan E. Schmalfeld, Shannon D. Peters and paralegal Lisa H. Carter

More details on the case can be found in our news release.