On Thursday, April 16, 2015, a jury found Morisettie Leggett not guilty of First Degree Murder. Leggett showed a sigh of relief after the verdict was read. Family members of the victim, David Bailey, sobbed after the verdict was read. The jury deliberated for about 3 hours. Leggett was acquitted of shooting and killing David Bailey back in 2013 at a Princeton night club where Leggett was working. Leggett himself took the stand saying the mother of one of his sons was dating the victim, David Bailey. Leggett said all were at the club that night when a fight started. After the club closed, Leggett said Bailey came at him. Then, Leggett said he pulled out his gun and started shooting. He said Bailey then turned and ran.
59News spoke to Bailey’s mother before the verdict. Dawn Ann Davidson said, “When they did their arguments, I felt like they were just tearing David down. He’s not here to defend himself. He’s not the person they portrayed him as. David was a mentor to children. He was a coach. He was the captain of the football team at Graham High School. All I want is justice. It was not self defense. He was a coward. Settie Leggett is a coward. He should pay. He should pay.”
UPDATE: Just after 6:30 Thursday night, the jury returned a not guilty verdict in the trial of Morisettie Leggett.
A man on trial for murder tells his side of the story in Mercer County. Morisettie Leggett relives the night of a deadly shooting at a nightclub in Princeton where he said he pulled the trigger.Morisettie Leggett is accused of shooting and killing David Bailey back in 2013 at club Maximus. Leggett said he worked there as the DJ at the time of the incident.
The defendant was the last person to take the stand on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Leggett said the mother of one of his sons was dating David Bailey.
Leggett said all were at the club that night when a fight started.
Leggett said Bailey was involved in a fight in the club was was escorted out.
After the club closed, Leggett said Bailey came at him while he was putting up his equipment in his vehicle and then Leggett says he pulled out his gun and started shooting.
He said Bailey then turned and ran.
Leggett said he went home to tell his parents he was involved in a shooting and then he says he turned himself in. Right now the court is in recess for lunch and will come back at one.
If convicted Leggett faces 15 years to life in prison.