Ex-Rensselaer County District Attorney Abelove acquitted of all charges

Rensselaer County

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove has been acquitted on all charges.

Closing arguments were held today, with both sides presenting their case to the judge. It was a bench trial, meaning a judge, not a jury, decides the verdict. It took the judge about three hours to make his decision.

Abelove’s charges stemmed from his handling of an officer-involved shooting in April 2016, when Troy Sgt. Randy French shot and killed Edson Thevenin during a traffic stop. Abelove was charged with two counts of official misconduct and one charge of perjury.

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