Todd Stuart acquitted of attempted murder charges

Todd Stuart acquitted of attempted murder charges
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Stuart's parents were waiting for him outside.

While waiting for the release his father told our reporter there would be no comments made on camera.

The family quickly hopped into a waiting car and put the courthouse in their rear-view mirror.

It was just a short time earlier Stuart was brought from his cell into a Franklin County courtroom waiting to hear if he will return to jail or be set free.

Stuart faced charges of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for an attempt on his mother-in-law's life.

Testimony lasted less than a week and included a jailhouse snitch who claimed Stuart had confessed.

After deliberating for a total of five and a half hours, Stuart was found not guilty on all counts.

His attorney, Jeffrey Robinson said, "We believe it was the absolute right and correct verdict. But there is no joy here. There is a sense of relief that an innocent man is not being convicted for something he didn't do. But there is a woman who has died. There's a family that broken so nobody's walking out of here with a smile on their face.

Stuart's estranged wife Tashia is next to go on trial. She is accused of first degree murder in the death of her mother, Judy Hebert.