R. Kelly convicted of six counts at federal trial in Chicago; Co-accused acquitted

By ETOnline.com.

R. Kelly was found guilty on Wednesday of six of the 13 counts he faced at his federal trial in Chicago, while his two co-defendants and former associates were acquitted of all charges.

Kelly was convicted of three counts of child pornography and three counts of incitement to sex with minors, but acquitted of seven other counts, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy to view of receiving child pornography.

Co-defendants Derrell McDavid and Milton “June” Brown were acquitted of all charges.

Kelly, 55, was charged with tricking five girls into having sex and conspiring with two former associates to cover up his sex crimes by buying up incriminating videotapes. He was also accused along with his former business manager, Derrel McDavid, of arranging his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County by intimidating and paying off witnesses.

Before the jury began their deliberations, Kelly’s lead defense attorney asked the jurors to put aside what they knew about the singer before the trial, acknowledging that most of that information was probably not favorable, and to treat him like a « John Doe ». Bonjean said the jury must make their decision based solely on the evidence heard in the courtroom, not on what they might know about Kelly through the media or what they heard at her topic elsewhere.

Bonjean said that no matter what the jurors might decide, Kelly did some great things when it came to making music, and he shouldn’t « be stripped of all his humanity. »

However, in rebuttal of the charge, Assistant US Attorney Jeannice Appenteng said the evidence was clear that Kelly sexually abused girls and that his co-defendants helped him cover it up.

“What R. Kelly wanted was to have sex with young girls,” Appenteng said.

Appenteng said that when the jury thinks about the case, they have to ask themselves who is at the center of it: Kelly’s victims. She said they were children when Kelly started having sex with them, and the jury should find him guilty.

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