SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Springfield man, once convicted for 2008 murder, has been found not guilty in a retrial.
“I feel good, great. I appreciate it, I am very appreciative thank you all,” said Charles Wilhite.
Wilhite was released into a room full of supporters and quickly picked up his young daughter Iesha.
About ten days ago, his retrial began in Hampden County Superior Court.
Last year, Wilhite was granted a new trial after it was found that a prosecution witness recanted his identification of Wilhite as the shooter in the 2008 killing of Alberton Rodriguez outside a Springfield market.
Wilhite, along with co-defendant Angel Hernandez, had been convicted for first degree murder.
“There is justice for Charles Wilhite today with the jury reaching a not guilty verdict, but there is a lot of work still to be done in the community,” said Vira Cage, Wilhite’s aunt.
Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni says he is satisfied Wilhite was charged and believes going forward with the trial was the right thing to do.
“The reaction is as a prosecutors officer we are disappointed with the verdict, but we are very respectful of the jury’s decision. Our system is based upon a jury hearing evidence and not finding guilt unless there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Mastroianni.
Wilhite said he is not sure what is next, but left the court house with a smile on his face.