Man Acquitted In Death Of EMU Football Player
Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 12:00am
(ANN ARBOR) – A jury on Monday acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed. The Washtenaw County Circuit Court jury reached the not guilty verdict in the trial of Ed Thomas, 21, one of two men charged in the slaying of the 20 year old wide receiver from Chicago. The other man charged, Kristopher Pratt, 20, accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, testifying that he shot Reed and that Thomas participated in the Oct. 18 robbery. The jury acquitted Thomas on open murder, armed robbery and conspiracy charges. In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said Thomas was just as guilty as the admitted triggerman, Pratt, who was a key witness against Thomas. Ganatra said Thomas spotted Reed and pointed him out to Pratt. Thomas handed Pratt the gun that he used to kill Reed, Ganatra said. After Pratt shot Reed once in the chest, Thomas stole Reed's wallet and phone, then Pratt shot Reed again in the face. But defense lawyer Lorne Brown argued that the case rested on false testimony by Pratt. Thomas was just hanging out with Pratt the night of the killing and wasn't part of the crime, Brown said. Brown acknowledged that his client witnessed the killing and didn't report it.