A DeKalb County judge is accused of making a mockery of the justice system after he freed a woman who was convicted of murder.
A jury found Pamela Ballin guilty of killing her husband Derrick "Ricky" Ballin at his home in 2009.
But Stone Mountain (GA) Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott overturned the jury's verdict and released Pamela Ballin on bond.
Derrick Ballin's family told local CBS affiliate WGCL they waited four long years to see justice for their family member. Now they are forced to wait a little while longer.
From HLN TV:
A jury found Pamela Ballin guilty of murdering her husband Derrick "Ricky" Ballin. But Judge Mark Anthony Scott didn't see it that way.
He overturned the decision and sent Pamela Ballin home. Our affiliate WGCL reports Ricky Ballin was found dead in his home in 2009.
Pamela Ballin told police some men beat him up during a home invasion. Jurors deliberated for almost three days and found her guilty of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.
Ricky Ballin's family is outraged by the decision. Family members say they were so close to getting justice.
WGCL reports the judge scheduled a hearing for July 17 to address the pending directed verdict.
Due to the double jeopardy law Pamela Ballin cannot be tried again for the same offense.
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