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Gail Gerlach Found Not Guilty Of Manslaughter; Jury Rules Use Of Force Justified

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KHQ.COM - A verdict has been reached in the Gail Gerlach trial. The jury has found Gerlach not guilty of manslaughter in the first and second degree.

After the verdict was read, the jury was asked to decide if they thought the use of force was justified. To justify the use of force the jury must find claim of justifiable homicide by a "preponderance of the evidence." 10 or more jurors must agree since this is a civil decision now.

About two hours later they came back with a decision that they believe the use of force was justified. This means Gerlach has the right to be reimbursed by the State of Washington for his legal costs. 


SPOKANE, Wash. - After 7 days in court, the jury will begin deliberations at 9am Thursday morning to reach a verdict in the Gail Gerlach trial. There is no way to tell how long deliberations will take. A decision could be made in hours or it could take days. We will receive a 30 minute warning once a verdict has been reached and will live stream the announcement here on KHQ.COM.

To catch up on exactly what has happened in court over the last 2 weeks, you can go to @GerlachTrial on Twitter where Kelsey Watts was live in court every day tweeting all the developments in real time. CLICK HERE:

Here are the previous stories we have posted on KHQ.COM:

Trial Beginning In Spokane Stolen Car Shooting

Jury Selection In Gerlach Trial Underway:

Gerlach Trial Day 3: Opening Statements:

GERLACH TRIAL DAY 4: Medical Examiner, Neighbors, And Forensic Team Leader Testify:

Gerlach Trial Day 5: Prosecution Rests Case

GERLACH TRIAL DAY 6: Defense Presents Their Case; Gerlach's Wife Takes Stand

GERLACH TRIAL DAY 7: Gail Gerlach Takes The Stand; Fate In The Hands Of The Jury

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