The Leesburg teen who was charged with attempted first-degree murder following a January shooting in Ashburn was found not guilty Thursday following a three-day jury trial.
The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Jan. 15 on Boxwood Place and involved two groups engaged in a series of escalating altercations throughout the prior evening. It started with a fight during a basketball game at Riverside High School, and continued later at the Ashburn Ice House and with bantering on social media. They crossed paths again in the early morning hours, when the smaller group of five people attempted to drive away and avoid a confrontation with the larger group of about 15 people.
A neighbor’s security camera recorded the scene in which a member of the large group got down on one knee and fired three shots at the fleeing car.
Investigators said that suspect was Kareem I. Aviles, then 17 years old. He was arrested four days later and charged with five counts of attempted murder, three counts of shooting at a car and three counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The key issue facing jurors following three days of testimony in Circuit Court was whether prosecutors had proven that Aviles was the person who fired the shots.
After a half-day of deliberations Oct. 20, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty on all the charges.