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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Dougherty County Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette threw out a jury's guilty verdict on theft charges against an Albany businessman and directed a verdict of not guilty.

38-year old Christopher Weaver was found guilty of 38 theft, conspiracy, and racketeering charges in November.

Prosecutors say Weaver bilked Alltel out of nearly a half million dollars over four years... faking work orders and charging them for work never done.

Defense attorney Phil Cannon says the prosecution cost Weaver everything.  Cannon said "This has cost Mr. Weaver about $450,000 in assets. It's cost him his business for some 8 years that he was living out of. "

Judge Lockette's ruling has not officially been filed with the clerk's office, but Cannon says the Judge told him he made the ruling because the case was based on circumstantial evidence and hypothesis.

Prosecutors tell us they're researching whether they can appeal the Judge's decision.

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