The jury quickly acquitted 19-year-old Demrick McCloud on Friday. He'd been charged with leading other teens to beat a high school student and threaten him with a gun on Oct. 13. McCloud was arrested that day and held in jail until the trial.
The three jurors tell The Plain Dealer newspaper there was a "sheer lack of evidence," so they'll each give McCloud the $100 they were paid for jury service if he earns a high school equivalency degree.
A prosecutor's spokesman maintains in a statement that the victim was steadfast in identifying McCloud as an attacker.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com