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Holmes found not guilty in murder retrial

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After two weeks of testimony, jurors took 90 minutes to acquit a Waterloo man of murder charges. 25-year old Perquondis Holmes was found not guilty in the November 2013 shooting death of 18-year-old Dae’Quan Campbell.

Holmes was found guilty more than a year ago of shooting Dae'Quan Campbell to death in Waterloo. He was given a new trial after the jury saw pictures of Holmes being linked to a gang.

It has been an emotional roller coaster over the last three years for both families in the case. All emotion coming to a climax with both sides erupting in the courtroom as the not guilty verdict was read. 

Two weeks of testimony, and three years of waiting, coming down to this moment.

"We the jury find the defendant Perquondis L Holmes not guilty."

A man already convicted of murder, was overwhelmed with emotion as his not guilty verdict was read. Holmes collapsed to the ground, barely able to believe the verdict.

As family and friends of Perquondis Holmes celebrate his freedom, the family of Dae'Quan Campbell is still grieving. 

Screams, and cries were heard in the courtroom, while others were barely able to move. 

Tensions running so high, some family members of Campbell erupted in anger. 

"You know who killed my brother, and you killed my momma too."

Family and friends of Dae'Quan saying justice has still not been served. 

As the courtroom cleared out, the family of Dae'Quan staying, refusing to believe the verdict.   

While Holmes' attorney Robert Montgomery believes the jury made the right decision, he says that there's still justice to be found. 

"The job of police for citizens is to do a thorough job, regardless of who it is," said Montgomery. "The color of skin of the victim, or the color of skin of the accused. And I think some serious questions have been raised in this case, and we hope that the people of Waterloo continue to ask questions, and hopefully get some answers."

All hands were deck from the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, as dozens of officers escorted both sides to the parking lot to contain the chaos. 

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