JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson city leader says the not guilty verdict in the murder trial for a store clerk who fatally shot a shoplifter was wrong.
Councilman Kenneth Stokes held a press conference in front of Jackson City Hall this afternoon.
He is coordinating a public hearing on crime and violence this Thursday to start what he calls "the healing process." The councilman says store clerk Sarbrinder Pannu should not have been acquitted of murder charges.
On Wednesday a Hinds County jury found pannu not guilty Wednesday in the 2008 murder of 36-year-old James Hawthorne, who was accused of stealing a case of beer.
"It puts you in the mind of years ago of people like Emmitt Till and others who were killed and the jury would find the clansmen not guilty. We're saying that yes its wrong to steal, but its more wrong to kill somebody," Councilman Stokes said.
Councilman Stokes says the public hearing will be held at city hall this Thursday at 6 p.m.
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