Loudoun County Courthouse

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.

(3) comments

ace10

All day long, the CA is on Twitter.

Every day, we learn of another bungled case.

The CA and her staff are obviously not serious about their jobs.

We deserve better.

Jonathan

More accolades for our CA! They had video of the shooter and shooting but they couldn't prove beyond reasonable doubt that the person they charged was the person who fired the gun in that video. It's not turning out to be a good month for our CA and her office. Of course, it's not a good month for public safety in Loudoun either.

John Brown

No worries, the good people of Loudoun County will re-elect her even without Soros' money.

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