A Superior Court jury has found a woman accused of stealing and forging four of her former employer's checks not guilty of the charges.
After deliberating for less than three hours, the six jurors unanimously found 36-year-old Paula Jane S. Hamilton not guilty of all 12 charges.
Hamilton burst into tears after a court staff read the verdict at 3:15pm. She later hugged her counsel, Joaquin Torres, and her crying mother. Many family members and friends were in the court's gallery.
Hamilton refused to speak to the media.
In a later interview, Torres said they're very happy with the verdict. “The verdict was all not guilty against Miss Hamilton. We believe in the system. We trust the system and we believe in the jury's results,” Torres said.
Assistant attorney general Chemere K. McField said that, although they believe they had the evidence to prove that Hamilton committed the crimes, they respect the judicial system and the jury's verdict.
Assistant attorney general Jacinta Kaipat assisted McField in the trial that began Tuesday. Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho presided.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, Hamilton stole and forged four checks belonging to Seafix Inc. The checks have amounts of $978.46; $962.42; $986.41; and $827.43. She pleaded not guilty.