MURDER TRIAL: Teen Not Guilty In Shooting

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A Des Moines teen has been acquitted in the death of a Chicago man.

A Polk County jury delivered a not guilty verdict Tuesday in the first degree murder trial of 16-year-old Haley Bass.

Police initially arrested Bass in the death of 19-year-old Anthony Moss. Moss was found dead in April in an apartment at 605 Forest Avenue in Des Moines.

Bass’ attorney says police rushed in their investigation and arrested the wrong person.

“She was innocent from the very beginning and the police rushed in their investigation and backed the wrong people who had lied about being at the apartment at all, changed their story when police suggested that Haley was the shooter and they went with that and she’s been in solitary confinement ever since and I just got to pick her up,” defense attorney Peter Berger says.

Though Bass is a juvenile, her case was heard in adult court because a first degree murder charge is automatically waived to adult court.

Police are not pursuing any other suspects at this time.

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