MIAMI, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A Miami-Dade County jury on Thursday acquitted Jupiter philanthropist Peter R. DeGeorge of a single domestic violence charge after deliberating for slightly more than 15 minutes.
Mr. DeGeorge was arrested in February at the Miami Beach Ritz Carlton Hotel after his ex-wife, Traci DeGeorge, called police and accused him of assaulting her. The two were planning to attend a charity event together that evening and had checked into the hotel together.
Mr. DeGeorge, who had denied the charge from the beginning, said Thursday that he felt completely vindicated after the jury of five women and one man reached a not guilty verdict at the end of the four-day trial.
"Based on the evidence we presented and our cross-examination of Traci DeGeorge, the jury was able to come to the conclusion that Ms. DeGeorge's testimony lacked credibility," said Mark Shapiro, who with attorney Marcos Beaton, defended Mr. DeGeorge in the case.
"We understand why the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office feels it was important to pursue domestic violence allegations aggressively," said Mr. Shapiro, a partner in the Miami law firm of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf. "But we feel justice was done in this case. The jury agreed with our argument that the alleged victim and her friend who also testified had fabricated evidence and were simply not telling the truth."
Mr. DeGeorge is one of the heirs of the late Lawrence J. DeGeorge, a former CEO of Times Wire and Cable and later CEO and owner of Amphenol Corp.
SOURCE Black, Srebnick, Kornspan and Stumpf