Broward Circuit Judge Raag Singhal on Friday ordered an acquittal for three criminal charges, including one felony count, against Miramar police detective Jennifer R. Conger. She had been accused, along with fellow Miramar officer John Paul Jacobi, of using a drug suspect’s keys to enter his apartment without permission or a warrant.
Stating that there was insufficient evidence for a reasonable jury to convict Conger of Official Misconduct, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, Singhal ordered an acquittal on this charge as well as for the misdemeanor offenses of Falsifying Records and Criminal Mischief.
Conger still faces a jury on a single misdemeanor count of Trespassing, an offense punishable by up to one year in jail. Jacobi still faces all four charges.
The arrests of Conger and Jacobi in February followed an almost seven month investigation into their role in the July 22, 2010 search of an apartment leased to Reginold Beldor, who had been arrested earlier that night following a traffic stop.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday.