Syracuse man acquitted of gruesome injury to a homeless man

By David Hammond

Syracuse, NY — Somehow, a homeless man in his 50s was so badly beaten last autumn that fragments of brick or stone lodged in his brain. But an Onondaga County jury took only a few hours today to find Ross McKinney, 35, not guilty of the brutal assault. The victim, who lived in a homeless encampment off Bear Street near Interstate 81, reported the injury reluctantly, a defense lawyer said. The man didn’t like cops but needed emergency help: his brain, visible through his cracked skull, was exposed to the November weather. Read Full Article

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David is a former military prosecutor and defense lawyer with over a decade of experience fighting for service members and their families. He served nine years and two combat tours as an active duty US Army officer, then joined the Reserves and settled down in Syracuse to be near family. Now representing people across Central New York charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, DWIs, and traffic offenses, he puts the same level of commitment into his civilian law practice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact David here.