Gail Gerlach Trial

April 11, 2014 8:31 a.m.  •  3 comments

Gail Gerlach was acquitted of manslaughter by a Spokane jury, April 10, 2014. Gerlach was on trial for the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham after he stole Gerlach’s SUV in March 2013.

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Gail Gerlach awaits his chance to get on the stand in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom in Spokane, Wash. Gerlach is on trial for shooting and killing Brendon Kaluza-Graham in March 2013 as Kaluza-Graham left Gerlach’s driveway in Gerlach’s SUV.

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Sharon Gerlach shows a map of her neighborhood and describes the events to defense attorney David Stevens, in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 8, 2014, of when her husband Gail Gerlach shot and killed Brendon Kaluza-Graham in March 2013, after Kaluza-Graham left Gerlach’s driveway in Gerlach’s SUV

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Defense witness Gaylan Warren testifies, April 8, 2014, in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, about the path of the bullet that killed Brendon Kaluza-Graham. Gail Gerlach fired the shot through his SUV as Kaluza-Graham drove it away from Gerlach’s driveway in March 2013.

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Self-defense expert Robert Smith testifies for the defense in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.

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Gail Gerlach receives support from his brother, Glenn, left, during a mid-morning break in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 8, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.

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Gail Gerlach defense attorneys Richard Lee and David Stevens, followed by prosecutor Deric Martin, right, break from a gathering with Superior Court Judge Annette Plese, April 9,2014.

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Gail Gerlach shows defense attorney David Stevens how he reacted to seeing Brendon Kaluza-Graham taking Gerlach’s SUV from his driveway in March of 2013. Gerlach told the court he ran and shouted “Stop Stop!” during his testimony on the stand in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 9, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.

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Gail Gerlach shows the jury a picture of Brendon Kaluza-Graham in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 9, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. Gerlach identified the person in the picture as the man who stole his SUV.

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Gail Gerlach receives an embrace from his wife Sharon after he testified in Judge Annette Plese’s courtroom, April 9, 2014, in Spokane, Wash.

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Gail Gerlach, center, is congratulated by his defense attorneys Richard Lee, left, and David Stevens in the Spokane County Courthouse, April 10, 2014, after Superior Court Judge Annette Plese read the jury decision acquitting him of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham in Marh 2013.

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Sharon Gerlach hugs her sister and brother-in-law in the Spokane County Courthouse, April 10, 2014, after a jury acquitted her husband Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham in March 2013.

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Gail Gerlach, center, with his defense attorneys David Stevens, left, and Richard Lee, right, reads a statement, April 10, 2014 outside the courtroom after he was acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham. “This was a tragedy. As Christians, we believe in redemption. The greatest tragedy is that Mr. Brendon Kaluza-Graham will not have a chance to turn his life around,” said Gerlach.

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Gail Gerlach and his wife Sharon leave the Spokane County Courthouse, April 10, 2014, after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham.

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Ann Kaluza pauses to remember her grandson Brendon Kaluza-Graham in the hallway of the Spokane County Courthouse, April 10, 2014, after a jury acquitted Gail Gerlach of manslaughter in the shooting death of Kaluza-Graham.

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Bob Graham, grandfather of Brendon Kaluza-Graham, questions how Kaluza-Graham could have been turning around at the time he was shot by Gail Gerlach.

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Gail Gerlach and his wife Sharon leave the Spokane County Courthouse, April 10, 2014, after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of Brendon Kaluza-Graham.

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