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Criminal trial follows Black Friday fight

6:44 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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GREELEY - We all know Black Friday sales can get a little rowdy.

Back in 2012, at a Greeley Walmart, the rush got so out of hand that a woman said she was pushed to the ground and had the computer in her hands stolen.

The woman, Nichole Vanlandingham, said Amino Idris took the $384 HP computer from her. Vanlandingham reported a mark on her arm as a result of the incident.

Idris was originally charged with assault, theft and robbery in the case. However, in a jury trial that lasted two days, Idris was found not guilty on all counts Tuesday.

The judge had acquitted Idris of the assault charge before the jury deliberated.

Idris' defense attorney said that surveillance video from Walmart was unclear, and she mentioned that Vanlandingham's testimony, among other witnesses, was inconsistent.

When the jury went to deliberate, they asked the judge to see the video close up and not from across the room. It only took them minutes after seeing the video to find Idris not guilty.

"Looking up at it closer, we saw something completely different than what everyone else was saying. A mob of people fell, both of the people that were involved in the case. Their stories weren't even what the video was about," juror Nicole Sheets said.

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