Man acquitted of double shooting

Published 10:05 pm Friday, July 1, 2011

A Suffolk man was acquitted by a jury this week on malicious wounding charges.

Jimmie Lee Belcher Jr., 50, was found not guilty of two counts each of malicious wounding, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and shoot/stab in commission of a felony.

Belcher was accused of shooting two men on Ben Street in the early morning hours of Sept. 26. But the jury agreed with the argument of Belcher’s attorney, who contended he shot in self-defense.

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The acquittal ended a nearly 10-year streak of jury trial convictions for Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Will Jamerson.

“In the end, I think the jury probably weighed the prior criminal histories of the two victims against them and [Belcher’s] lack of criminal history in his favor,” Jamerson said. “That’s up to the jury to decide whether they have a reasonable doubt or not.”

Jamerson said there had been a separate confrontation between Belcher and one of the victims earlier in the day.

Police were called to the 300 block of Ben Street that night, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. A second victim went to police headquarters with a gunshot wound to the arm. Both were treated at hospitals.

Belcher approached officers on Mt. Horeb Street and told them two men had grabbed him and he had fired several rounds with his revolver, according to a city press release at the time.