Knight acquitted in assault case; Co-defendant confesses on stand

Friday, May 28, 2010

One of the co-defendants in a Lewisburg assault case was found not guilty at the close of a jury trial lasting two and a half days.

Billy Jack Knight was "acquitted on all counts," according to his attorney David McKenzie, who said the jury of five women and seven men deliberated for less than an hour.

"It was a very complicated case," McKenzie said. "In the end the jury made the right decision. I'm thankful for their hard work."

Knight's co-defendant, Phillip J. Venable, took the stand late Thursday and admitted hitting the victim, while saying all Knight did was get him in a headlock. Venable also implicated two men who have not been charged.

As far as McKenzie knows, Venable, represented by Michael Collins of the Public Defender's Office, is still scheduled for a trial later this year.

See Wednesday's Tribune for the full story.