EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana jury has acquitted a teenager of murder and robbery charges in the death of a homeless man whose body was found dumped in the Ohio River.
But the Vanderburgh Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a verdict Monday on an obstruction of justice charge filed against 18-year-old William Hurt in Marcus Golike’s killing.
Prosecutors must now decide whether to dismiss that charge or retry Hurt on the obstruction charge.
The 54-year-old Golike was a homeless man and friend of Hurt’s family who had recently been released from prison when police said he was beaten, strangled and his body dumped in the Ohio River last June.
Golike’s body was found June 17 by campers along the river in Kentucky.