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    Not Guilty Verdict in Philadelphia Murder Case (March 2019), Commonwealth v. Jabir Kennedy

    Commonwealth v. Jabir Kennedy

    Firm partner David Nenner successfully represented Mr. Kennedy in a Philadelphia First Degree Murder case which concluded in a Not Guilty jury verdict in March 2019. This case involved a 2017 shooting in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. Mr. Kennedy faced multiple charges including First Degree Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault and firearm charges. If he’d been convicted of First Degree Murder, Mr. Kennedy faced a mandatory life in prison sentence.

    The case was featured in a Philly.com article, He shot 4 men, killing 1, but turned down a plea deal. This month a Philly jury found him not guilty (https://www.philly.com/news/jabir-kennedy-self-defense-philadelphia-district-attorney-handgun-murder-homicide-court-20190328.html, March 28, 2019).

    Self-Defense, a Rare, but Effective Defense

    The facts of the case supported self-defense, which is pretty rare in first degree murder cases in Philadelphia. Read more about self-defense in criminal cases here. The incident began with an altercation Mr. Kennedy had with his young daughter’s mother. A total of 5 people, the mother’s family members and several of their friends, then drove to Mr. Kennedy’s home clearly intending to harm him. The evidence showed that these individuals brought brass knuckles and guns, one of which Mr. Kennedy grabbed and fired after he was beaten over the head. Four of the assailants were shot; one later died.

    Mr. Kennedy was a gainfully employed resident of Philadelphia with no prior criminal history. The District Attorney’s Office offered a plea deal, a nearly 20+ year prison sentence that would have effectively ruined Mr. Kennedy’s life.

    After a week long trial, the jury found Mr. Kennedy NOT GUILTY of all charges.

    Get more info, visit the Philadelphia, PA Murder & Homicide Law Library.

    About David S. Nenner

    Mr. Nenner is a skilled trial attorney specializing in major criminal cases such as murder/homicides, drug possession and dealing and illegal gun possession. He has over 30 years of experience and is recognized as a “Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Philadelphia” by Super Lawyers.

    David S. Nenner

    "Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer"
    (2015-2022)

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