State Auditor Troy Kelley acquitted of one charge; jury cannot agree on 14 others
TACOMA — Federal prosecutors suffered a stunning setback Tuesday in the theft and money-laundering prosecution of State Auditor Troy Kelley, with a jury acquitting him of the single charge they could agree on.
After six weeks of trial and four days of deliberations, jurors could not agree on 14 other counts, including the key charges of theft, money laundering and tax evasion. Instead, the jury acquitted him of making a false statement.
The jury foreman later said the panel was hopelessly split on most of the criminal counts.
Kelley, 51, who has appeared drawn and tired as the trial progressed, seemed visibly relieved when the verdict was read. He did not immediately comment.