Crime & Public Safety

Jury finds 2013 Hilton Head shotgun slaying suspect not guilty of teenager's death

After approximately 45 minutes of deliberation Thursday, a jury found Ja'quard Qu'vonte Aiken not guilty of the 2013 shooting death of 19-year-old Cesar Reyna-Reyna on Hilton Head Island, according to his attorney.

Aiken was charged in January 2013 when the shotgun used to kill Reyna-Reyna was in located the woods near the Marshland Road home where his body was found.

Forensic evidence later linked the weapon to Aiken.

Aiken was represented by Jared Newman and tried in Beaufort County Court.