Jury Returns Shock 'Not Guilty' Verdict At Trial Into Galway Man's Murder 8 years ago

Jury Returns Shock 'Not Guilty' Verdict At Trial Into Galway Man's Murder

A 19-year-old man has been found not guilty of the murder of Irish man Ciarán Connolly during a botched robbery attempt in 2011.

It had been claimed that Dorchester native John Graham fatally shot the 36-year-old, who was on his way back from an Irish festival at the time of the incident, as well as committing eight other offences including the shooting of two other men in October 2011. According to Irish Central, he had subsequently been charged with first degree murder, armed assault with intent to rob and unlawful possession of a firearm but the jury took just one day to find the teenager not guilty in all charges related to the death of the Aran Islands native.

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He was found guilty of several other charges including armed assault with intent to rob, armed assault with intent to murder victim, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The website reported that Connolly's family were "visibly upset" at the outcome and declined to comment on the verdict.