Reputed Bridgeport Gang Member Cleared In May 2015 Shooting

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Following a growing trend citywide, a Bridgeport jury returned a not guilty verdict for a reputed gang member who was accused of shooting a 19-year-old man.

The Connecticut Post reports 20-year-old Undrea “Spooda” Kirkland was acquitted Wednesday of attempted murder, first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit and reckless endangerment.

Officials say the jury’s not guilty verdict is the fourth returned in a row for defendants implicated in gang-related shootings.

Police Chief Armando Perez called the verdict “just disgusting” and claimed it was evidence that juries are being intimidated by gangs. Members of the Green Boyz, a gang Kirkland is said to be involved with, attended the two-day trial.

Kirkland had been accused of shooting a 19-year-old man who police found wounded on the road in May 2015.

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