CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A jury found Michael Ward not guilty of murdering a man who had recently won the lottery.
Ward was on trial for the murder of Isaac Carson Jr. on June 4, 2018.
The family of Ward Jr. spoke to 19 News after the decision. Ward Jr.'s mother said, “I’m feeling blessed. It’s been a long two years. We knew that my son was innocent.”
Carson, a barber and father of two, had recently won a $50,000 lottery ticket when he was shot to death
The deadly shooting happened in the parking lot of Lady Luck’s Pub near Nottingham Road and Nyack Court in Cleveland.
Ward took the stand in his own defense Friday before the jury got the case.
Ward told the jury he and two others met Carson at Lady Luck’s Pub to purchase marijuana.
According to Ward, he got into the front seat of Carson’s van and a second person he arrived with jumped into the back seat of the van.
Ward said the second person shot Carson.
After Ward and the second person got out of the van, Ward said the second person ran back and shot Carson again.
Ward said all three of them then drove away, leaving Carson for dead.
Ward was the the only person charged in connection with Carson’s murder.
19 News spoke to Victoria Moore, mother of Isaac Carson, before the jury’s ruling. She said “We always believed that there was more than one. We definitely believed that. And that it was a set-up.” said Moore.
Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Sherrie Miday presided over Ward’s trial which began on Oct. 7.