LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Gregory Burroughs is a free man after a jury found him not guilty of manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his then-girlfriend 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. Despite the acquittal, another legal aspect is still pending.
After more than a year of investigation, Burroughs is clear of any criminal wrongdoing. The only piece of the puzzle left is a civil matter pending litigation.
The Sinclair family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Burroughs prior to the trial. We have no word from the family indicating this civil lawsuit will be dropped after the not guilty verdict.
"You can't just guess somebody did it. You can't say they probably did it. You have to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," said defense attorney Tracey Klein.
The manslaughter trial concluded Tuesday. After two hours of deliberation, Franklin County jurors could not find enough circumstantial evidence to convict Burroughs, 39, in the death of Sinclair.
Klein said there were inconsistencies on the state's side throughout the lengthy trial.
"We feel like the system worked. The state has the burden of proof. They put their proof on and we challenged what was fact and what was speculation," said Klein.
The outcome was a victory for the defense.
Sinclair was found shot in the head in June 2017. From what jurors concluded, it was not a criminal act committed by Burroughs.