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DA gives opinion on LSU murder acquittal

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BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore disagrees with a jury's decision to acquit two men accused of killing a pair of LSU grad students in 2007, but respects the process.

"At the end of the day, they followed the law according to them," Moore said of the jury. "They said we don't believe there is innocence in this courtroom however, as the judge instructed and as we told the jury, our burden is beyond a reasonable doubt."

Moore's office drew criticism for the acquittal of Michael Lewis and Casey Gathers. Late Monday night, both men were found not guilty in the 2007 second-degree murders of Kiran Allam, 33, and Chandrasekhar Komma, 31, at the Edward Gay Apartments on LSU's campus.

It took the jury of ten women and two men six hours to determine the verdict in the case.

Gathers was released from prison immediately following Judge Chip Moore's order.

The DA's office continues to pursue other charges against Lewis.

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