Shooting Suspect Set Free

It’s been more than a decade since a Williamson County man was shot to death inside his home. Now, a suspect initially convicted in the case has been set free. In 2011, prosecutors charged three people with murdering Charles James inside his Freeman Spur Home. Joshua Dallacosta was one of those suspects at the age of 15-years-old. Two years later, a judge convicted him during a bench trial and sentenced him to 45 years in prison. Prosecutors said Dallacosta and two adult women entered a home and shot James and his girlfriend. The girlfriend survived and was able to identify the suspects, including Dallacosta. Dallacosta appealed, claiming his interview with police should be thrown out because no lawyer or parent were present. n 2018, the court agreed and threw out Dallacosta’s conviction and sentence. A change from a jury to a bench trial, and then COVID-19 led to delays. Dallacosta then faced a Williamson County judge again late last month, and he was found not guilty last week. According to court documents, prosecutors did not provide any oral testimony in the case.Judge Stephen Green said the evidence in the case didn’t prove shots fired by Dallacosta killed James. His two page ruling though says finding Dallacosta not guilty does not mean he’s “innocent”.However, Green argues prosecutors did not prove he was guilty.Dellacosta is a free man tonight.

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