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Jury Finds R. Kelly Not Guilty

After three weeks of testimony, a jury has acquitted the singer on all counts at his child pornography trial in Chicago

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(FROM AP) - A jury acquitted R. Kelly on all counts at his child pornography trial on Friday (June 13), during the second day of deliberations. The singer was accused of taping himself having sex with a woman the prosecution claims was as young as 13. He faced 15 years in prison, if convicted. The case went to jurors on Thursday after three weeks of witness testimony.

Cook County Prosecutor Robert Heilingoetter's case revolved around a videotape he alleged shows Kelly having sex with a teenager as young as 13. The tape was shown in court as the prosecution tried to portray the singer as a person who preys on young girls.

Ultimately, the jury seems to have been more swayed by defense attorney Sam Adam Jr.'s argument that the two people seen having sex on the tape are not who prosecutors say they are (both Kelly and the alleged victim deny it as well). The defense suggested that the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer is the victim of an extortion plot and cast doubt on the prosecution's contention that a mole seen on the man on the tape matches one on Kelly's back. The defense called an expert who testified that the mark looked more like a tape glitch than a mole. ''That means it ain't him, and if it ain't him, you can't convict,'' Adam said in his closing arguments. (AP via Yahoo!)

Originally posted Jun 13, 2008
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