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Mott found not guilty in 1994 Crosier murder

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A long day of deliberations ended with a not guilty verdict in the George Mott murder trial. Our Erin Vannella has more from the Rensselaer County Courthouse.

TROY, N.Y. -- George Mott has been found not guilty of all charges in the 1994 murder of Rosemary Crosier. He was acquitted on both the intentional murder and felony murder charges.

As the verdict was read, there were cheers from Mott's supporters and Mott himself applauded.

Throughout the trial, several of Mott's family members, including his mother, testified that he had confessed to Crosier's murder, but the defense argued that many of them had changed their stories over the years and were not credible.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, jurors asked the judge for some clarifications, asking "if we find Mott was driving the car and had no knowledge of the murder, is he guilty of felony murder?" About 40 minutes later, they returned the not guilty verdict.

There was an increased police presence in the court room after some altercations earlier in the day that led to two people being thrown out.

A co-defendant in the Case, Scott Chaplin, still faces his own trial.

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