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Trent Mackey found not guilty

Trent Mackey, speaking with reporters after his acquittal Friday afternoon Trent Mackey, speaking with reporters after his acquittal Friday afternoon

Jurors found suspended Tulane football player Trent Mackey not guilty Friday in his armed robbery trial at Criminal District Court in New Orleans.

Mackey was accused of coordinating an armed robbery of a Tulane student in the 600 block of Broadway Street in July 2012.  The 23-year-old man faced a charge of criminal conspiracy to armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm.

The Orleans Parish jury came back with a unanimous not guilty verdict after just three hours of deliberations. For three days, they heard testimony alleging that Mackey, a former Tulane football star, masterminded  an armed robbery scheme to get marijuana and cash.

Mackey could have gotten 15 years in jail if found guilty.  Instead, he walked out of Criminal Court a free man.

Now that he's avoided a prison term, Mackey is contemplating his future. 
"I'm going to work on my masters, and if I get a football opportunity I'll take advantage of it," Mackey told us outside court.

If he wants to get back into college football, he will have to appeal his suspension to the NCAA.

The Orleans Parish district attorney's office issued a statement, saying they are disappointed with the jury's verdict.
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