Monday July 28th, 2014

Ed Thomas has been found not guilty on charges of open murder and robbery in the death of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed, CBS Detroit reports.

Reed was shot to death in October when Thomas and Kristopher Pratt allegedly followed him into his apartment building and tried to rob him.

On Friday, the 20-year-old Pratt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Pratt testified against Thomas as part of the plea bargain he signed.

From CBS Detroit:

In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said Thomas is just as guilty as the admitted triggerman, Kristopher Pratt, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against Thomas.

Ganatra said Thomas spotted Reed, a 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago, and pointed him out to Pratt. Thomas handed Pratt, 20, the gun that he used to kill Reed, Ganatra said.

After Pratt shot Reed once in the chest, Thomas stole Reed’s wallet and phone, then Pratt shot Reed again in the face, Ganatra said.

Reed was 20 when he died. He was in his third season as a member of the EMU football team.

- Sarah Barshop

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