Jackson Police Officer on Trial is Found Not Guilty
JACKSON, Tenn. -- A Jackson police officer on trial for misconduct and theft under $500 was found not guilty early Wednesday afternoon.
Officer Robbie Weems was accused of taking money from a passenger during a traffic stop shortly after 3 a.m. on October 21, 2012.
The defense stated that the money was returned and the video showed the money being returned.
"The proof was just ridiculously missing," said Mark Donahoe, Weem's attorney.
Police began investigating the theft allegation against Weems after at least one other officer on the stop reported the alleged incident to his superiors.
After two hours of deliberating on Wednesday, the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty. Weems and his family members couldn't hide their emotions after the verdict was read.
"The justice system in Madison County is for sure working," said Weems. "It actually works."
According to Jackson Police Department, effective tomorrow, Weems is on administrative leave; but this time with pay.
He has been a Jackson Police Officer since June 1993.