J.R. was charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated assault (4 counts), and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (2 counts). LeAnne Chancey was successfull in having three of the aggravated assault charges dismissed prior to trial through the filing and arguing of various motions. She and her client then proceeded to a jury trial on the remaining five charges.
J.R. was alleged to have killed an 18 year old man during a gang shootout between two vehicles on Interstate 85 Northbound. One of the individuals that was allegedly in the vehicle with J.R. during the shooting came to court and testified regarding J.R.'s involvement and identified J.R. as one of the perpetrators of the crime. However, the police never had any witnesses identify a photo of J.R. at the time of the investigation. J.R. was only identified by his name, which is very common and LeAnne Chancey tirelessly tracked down four other individuals by the same name living in the Gwinnett County area at the time of the homocide.
The Jury found J.R. not guilty of all charges after deliberating for only an hour and a half.