Alternate Juror Would Have Found Puffy Innocent
As jurors began a second day of deliberating weapons charges today (March 15) against Sean ''Puffy'' Combs in New York, an alternate juror said she would have found the rap mogul innocent. Aurora GarcAs jurors began a second day of deliberating weapons charges today (March 15) against Sean ''Puffy'' Combs in New York, an alternate juror said she would have found the rap mogul innocent. Aurora Garcia-Susana, 37, predicted that the jury also would conclude that the prosecution failed to prove its case.
''I don't think there was enough evidence to convict Mr. Combs,'' Garcia-Susana, a medical records clerk at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said yesterday (March 14), shortly after she and two other alternates were released from service.
''I would have voted not guilty, and I think he will be acquitted,'' Garcia-Susana said. ''But his testimony, I don't think, was all that truthful. Still, the prosecution did not prove its case.''
Combs, 31, was charged with weapons possession and bribery after his Dec. 27, 1999, arrest as he fled a Times Square-area nightclub where gunfire had erupted. Combs' protege and co-defendant, Jamal ''Shyne'' Barrow, was charged with shooting three people in the club.
Combs' bodyguard, Anthony ''Wolf'' Jones, faces the same charges as his boss. Combs faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Garcia-Susana said she did not entirely believe Combs when he testified. ''I don't think he is guilty, but I don't think the whole truth was said,'' she told reporters. ''He said he didn't know what was going on. How could he not know what was going on? The argument took place in a small area,'' she said.
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