A Harris County jury has found former state representative Borris Miles not guilty of charges that accused him of pointing a gun during two holiday parties in 2007.
Miles was charged with two counts of deadly conduct.
In closing arguments earlier this afternoon, Rusty Hardin, Miles’ attorney, said leading members of Houston’s African-American business community orchestrated a campaign to unseat Miles and ruin his insurance business by lying about what happened.
“These people, who had an incredible motive to lie, did in fact, lie to you,” said Hardin, Miles’ attorney. “What’s happening here is a disgrace.”
Prosecutors said that believing all of the witnesses conspired is ridiculous.
“Do you think all of these people want to come down here and talk about this?” Assistant District Attorney Jon Stephenson asked jurors.
“Of course not. It’s ridiculous.”
Miles was accused of showing a small gun to former Texas Southern University Board of Regents chair Willard Jackson and his wife, Kym Jackson, during a December 2007 Rockets game at a crowded lounge in the Toyota Center.
The Jacksons said Miles dropped the gun in Kym Jackson’s purse. The couple said they went into a private suite, dumped out the purse and Miles took it back. He then waved the gun around and put it to his own head, the couple testified.