Terrence Roach of Evansville has been found Not Guilty of the murder of Aleah Beckerle.
The verdict came down just before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.
The jury deliberated for nearly 11 hours.
Roach was found guilty of criminal confinement and abuse of a corpse.
Roach was found not guilty of five counts he faced
On three counts of murder, he was found Not Guilty.
The Beckerle family was left broken as the verdict came down. Anger boiled over as family members stood and yelled in the courtroom after court adjourned.
Aleah’s grandmother, Lydia Larue, exclusively shared her feelings with Eyewitness News before the verdict.
“It was very hard. It was hard to sit there, not scream, not cry, get up and stop my feet. It was hard and hard to sit there in the same room as him, sometimes just twelve feet away from me. This was a baby, she was disabled, she couldn’t run away, she could not scream out, she couldn’t fight him and he did some horrible things to her.”
Watch the full interview with Larue here:
The prosecution was stunned and EPD Detective Brent Melton, the lead investigator on Aleah’s case, was also visibly shaken upon learning the verdict.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann was not available for comment Thursday but Jess Powers from the Vanderburgh County Prosecutors Office said they are disappointed.
“The jury returned a verdict, and while we are disappointed with the result I think the work of the investigators and the work of the detectives that went into this case shouldn’t’ be overlooked, ” said Powers.
Eyewitness News also spoke with Defense Attorney Glenn Grampp who says he believes this was the right outcome.
“I am pleased with it but it was the right verdict and I think that this gives the Vanderburgh County Prosecutors Office and detectives the opportunity to go back and figure it out and get it right, ” said Grampp.
Evansville Police said Thursday that they would not be reopening the investigation to search for a different suspect.
(This story was originally published May 24, 2018)