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Man on trial for death of Roanoke teen found not guilty

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 5:34 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A man charged with killing a 16-year-old boy in 2019 has been found not guilty of all four felony charges against him by a jury in Roanoke Circuit Court.

DeMarcus Glenn was found not guilty late Wednesday afternoon in the death of Tyler Polumbo in Roanoke.

Glenn was accused of shooting Polumbo near Grandin Village in the 2100 block of Denniston Avenue as part of a drug deal.

There were tears of joy and tears of sorrow inside the courtroom when the jury announced Glenn would walk as a free man, after he took the stand and admitted to shooting Tyler Polumbo.

Over the course of the second day Glenn stood trial, members of the jury heard from the defendant himself, followed by the prosecuting attorneys and the defense attorney.

Glenn testified, ”He stands up, he immediately grabs his firearm, he says give me the weed. As he says that, I immediately grab his right arm with my left arm, start pulling him down. I grab my firearm out of my pocket, I feel my grip start to loosen, and that’s when I shot him.”

Glenn did not deny he shot Tyler Polumbo on his porch more than two years ago, but the question of who attempted robbery was left up to the jury.

During closing statements, prosecutors leveled with the jury, going over evidence and testimony.

“These two knuckleheads wanted drugs; they wanted marijuana,” said Assistant commonwealth’s attorney Andrew Stephens. Stephens goal was to try and prove his case as to why Glenn should be convicted on all charges.

Defense also pointed to evidence.

“And we know from the evidence that Tyler Polumbo’s body was moved, we know that his brother and his mother, perhaps others, but we for sure know his mother and brother were tending to him,” said Cris Kowalczuk, Glenn’s attorney.

But ultimately, it’s the prosecution’s responsibility to prove Glenn is guilty, and up to the jury to make the final call.

The jury spent approximately two hours in deliberation.

Before the judge dismissed the court, Judge Ware wished Glenn the best and told him he hoped Glenn learned something.

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