A Richmond County Superior Court jury acquitted a 32-year-old man of aggravated assault Tuesday.
The jury deliberated less than 20 minutes before finding Cedric Smith not guilty. He was accused of hitting Antonio Young with his vehicle, breaking his knee, on Jan. 10, 2015.
In his closing statement, defense attorney Tony Howard attacked the victim, describing Young as the aggressor who may have broke his knee by smashing it into Smith’s car in a fit of rage. Smith was just trying to get away from Young and he had no intention nor knowledge that he struck Young, the attorney said.
Young’s physician testified that the knee fracture was caused by a high impact, like being hit by a car or falling from the second story of a building, Assistant District Attorney Klaxon Wilson said. Smith was the one banging on the window of a ex-girlfriend at 2 a.m., the prosecutor said.