Kelli Jo Brock has been acquitted of falsifying evidence in a federal investigation.
In November a federal jury found Brock, who was tried under the name Kelli Jo Craig, guilty of falsifying parts of a document she wrote for federal investigators that detailed an alleged 2009 attack by an intruder inside her home. Brock sustained a gunshot wound to the leg in the incident. At the time, Brock was a local probation officer.
At the close of the November trial, Brock’s attorney, Mark Hampton, renewed a motion for "judgment as a matter of law," which in this instance essentially asked the court to find that, given the evidence presented at trial, no reasonably jury would "have a legally sufficient evidentiary basis" to find Brock guilty — in other words, arguing that a "guilty" verdict was unreasonable in the case.
Federal Judge Leon Holmes granted the motion on Wednesday, when an order of acquittal and a dismissal of the federal indictment with prejudice were also entered in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. An indictment dismissed "with prejudice" has the same legal effect as a finding of "not guilty," meaning that Brock cannot be tried again for the allegedly false statements or writings.
Brock claimed to have been able to identify her attacker as Robert Allan Frederickson. A Faulkner County jury found Frederickson not guilty of first-degree battery and burglary in 2010.
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