Family and friends of a 21-year-old beaten to death earlier this year say they won't rest until they see justice. Now, Rusty Mack supporters are distributing petitions to area businesses and voters to request a special prosecutor to take over the three murder by mob cases ahead.
Thursday, they rallied outside of the Colonial Heights courthouse with signs saying "Justice for Rusty." The rally took place one day before another suspect in Mack's death is due to stand trial.
Rusty Mack's mother cried when she heard the not guilty verdict from one of the four accused in her son's death. Friday morning, when the next suspect is scheduled for trial, she's hoping to see a much different outcome - though that suspect's attorney says he's hoping the state will drop the charges.
"I wish I would've had that motherly instinct, where I would've been there so he could've got away," said Belinda Cardwell.
She spearheaded the rally in hopes someone will be held accountable. Last Friday, a jury acquitted one of the suspects, Jonathan Guy - agreeing with the defense - he didn't throw the lethal blow.
Guy's father was relieved.
"He's always been a mediator, trying to settle people down and help people out. He's always been that type of person," said David Daniel.
"The evidence never changed. The evidence has been the same from the beginning," said defense attorney Steve Novey.
Now - three others are headed to trial in Mack's murder by mob case. Next on the docket - Francis Blaha - scheduled for trial Friday morning.
"It doesn't matter what the others get, it will never bring my son back but at least it will give him some kind of justice," Cardwell said.
It's with that in mind - she's taking to the streets - along with a host of well wishers who encouraged drivers to honk in support of Rusty.
"It's the hardest thing to lose a child. It's like a part of you is gone and you can't get it back," Cardwell added.
Last week, a medical examiner testified Mack died from blunt force trauma to the head. Guy's defense attorney said only one of the four suspects initiated the fatal blow, a kick to the head, which he believes caused Rusty to fall on concrete and ultimately die. The medical examiner said no other injuries Rusty may have received during the brawl would have been lethal.
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