Wayne Oxley has been waiting for this day for years. Seven years ago, Oxley was charged with second-degree murder. Authorities said he had beaten Bernard Trickey Jr. to death with a baseball bat in 2005 in Trickey's home in Ogdensburg. But as our Cara Thomas reports, in less than two hours, the jury determined he isn't guilty.
CANTON, N.Y. -- It's been just over a month since opening statements of the Wayne Oxley trial took place. More than 100 pieces of evidence were presented and dozens of witnesses testified. But it took less than two hours for the jury to make a decision.
"I was ready to fall down. I didn't think I could stand up. Just everything I could to stand on my feet," said Oxley.
The court room was silent and everyone held their breath as the head juror said the two words Oxley was hoping to hear: not guilty.
He said, "I gotta let this, just take a minute and let this sink in. I'm overjoyed obviously. I just want to thank everybody again."
Oxley's attorney, Peter Dumas said, "My heart just about stopped, and I think it's been a long time coming for him, and I'm glad I was standing by him when he got that news."
Dumas said he believes the turning point in the trial was when Oxley himself took the stand.
"They finally got to hear his side of it, they got to see him say it, and I think that's the turning point. I think they...after that it was done," said Dumas.
Since day one, Oxley has always said he was innocent, that he did not kill Bernie Trickey and now he can say he's a free man. The district attorney's office chose not to comment about the outcome of the trial.
Oxley said, "District attorney knows I did not kill Bernie Trickey. They've had information, they've hidden information, and they've covered up a lot. It needs to come out, the truth still needs to come out."
Oxley said he's waited the last seven years to hear the two words, not guilty. And now he says the first thing he's going to do is see his kids.