Family members of a Shenandoah man who was shot to death during a robbery were stunned when a jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all 14 criminal charges late Friday afternoon.
This was the second trial held in the Schuylkill County Court for Julius C. Enoe, 33, of Reading. In the first trial held last year, a jury could not reach a verdict, resulting in a mistrial.
After this week's five-day trial, Enoe was found not guilty on all counts, including murder in the first, second or third degree, criminal conspiracy, robbery, burglary, theft, aggravated assault, simple assault, robbery inflicting serious bodily injury, robbery committed, burglary, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, aggravated assault causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon, theft, simple assault on Kasa Brennan, recklessly endangering Bruce Forker, recklessly endangering Kasa Brennan, recklessly endangering Aysia Forker and recklessly endangering Aaliyah Forker.
The case went to the jury late in the morning after Judge Jacqueline Russell completed the charge. During her charge to the jury, a woman juror dozed off and she was replaced by an alternate juror.
The Commonwealth's case depended on the testimony of one of the participants in the robbery. Accoriding to testimony, two black men entered the home of Kasa Brennan, with whom Forker lived with in Shenandoah, during the early morning hours of March 16, 2010. One, who had a half mask with a hat worn low which showed only his eyes, held Brennan and her two children at bay downstairs while the second assailant, whose face was fully covered, went upstairs. He accosted Forker, shot him at point blank range and walked out with $4,000 to $5,000 in cash.
The only testimony referring to Enoe doing the shooting was made by Damon L. Ennett, of Freeland, who claimed he was in the get-away car and when the two men returned, he said Enoe told him he shot the man. Ennett had testified he met the day before with Enoe in a barbershop and planned the robbery.
Ennett dealt with Forker in the drug business and claimed he was owed money. It was revealed that this was an intended robbery that went foul.
The third man in the robbery was a nephew of Enoe, 20-year old Jahmal Ollivirre, who stayed with Enoe in Reading. He also spoke to Ennett at the barber shop.
Testifying in his own behalf, Enoe told the jury he did not shoot the man, that he was not in Shenandoah that monring and did not even know the victim. He denied Ennett spoke to him about the robbery.
In his closing remarks to the jury, Enoes' attorney, Robert J. Kirwan, II, of Reading, claimed Ennett and Ollivirre were the two men who entered the home and that Ollilvirre was the shooter. He told jurors that Ennett was the one with a motive to recover money he claimed Forker owned him.
Enoe had testified that he loaned his car in the early evening hours to his nephew who brought it back around 5 a.m. the next morning. The shooting occurred around 1:30 and 2 a.m.
Enoe told the jury he was at his home during those hours.