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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

AMERICAN MISSIONARY LUCAS RICHARDS ACQUITTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – American missionary Lucas Richards has been acquitted by Criminal Court B of charges related to the alleged attempt to commit murder against his Liberian wife, Jessica Lloyd.

The trial concluded on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, with Presiding Judge Nelson Chineh ruling in favor of Richards, clearing him of charges of criminal attempt to commit murder and aggravated assault. The case garnered significant public interest due to its nature and the involvement of an American missionary.

It may be recalled that on December 14, 2023, the grand jury of Montserrado County indicted Richards for aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit murder, both second-degree felonies. The state alleged that Richards took advantage of the victim on September 14, 2023, with the criminal intent to strike her forehead.

However, delivering his ruling, Judge Chineh disclosed that Jessica Lloyd told the court during her testimony that Richards did not harm her, contrary to media reports. He further revealed that the evidence from Lloyd outweighed all other evidence, speaking contrary in the absence of any evidence that could link Richards to the alleged crimes.

Following the verdict, Lucas Richards was released from custody, bringing an end to the legal proceedings that had been ongoing. The acquittal has elicited mixed reactions, with some expressing relief for Richards while others continue to have questions about the case.

The acquittal of Lucas Richards by Criminal Court B highlights the complexities and challenges often involved in legal proceedings, especially in cases involving serious allegations such as attempted murder. The case serves as a reminder of the importance of a fair and thorough judicial process to ensure justice for all parties involved.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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