PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a week-long trial, a jury has found Brandon Bostian , the former Amtrak engineer who operated a train that derailed in May 2015 in Philadelphia and killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, not guilty on all counts on Friday.Bostian had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, causing a catastrophe, and 238 counts of reckless endangerment.
On Thursday, Bostian chose not to testify in his defense at the trial.He declined to answer why he chose not to testify outside the courtroom.
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It took four days for the prosecution to rest its case against Bostian.
On Wednesday, the jury heard from the last three witnesses that the prosecution called to testify: an Amtrak supervisor, a former Amtrak police officer and the brother of Robert Gildersleeve, one of the eight victims killed in the Amtrak train derailment.
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Federal investigators concluded that Bostian was distracted by radio chatter about someone throwing rocks at other trains.The NTSB found he was not using his phone at the time of the derailment.
A judge reinstated the charges against Bostian in 2020 after they were dropped two times.The ruling in 2020 by Superior Court Judge Victor Stabile overturned a lower court’s decision in July of 2019 to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges against him.
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