THOMASVILLE -- Monday afternoon's ruling against the King of Pop was a real "Thriller."

Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all counts of child molestation, conspiracy and providing alcohol to a minor charges.

Outside the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse, fans both for and against Jackson reacted to the not guilty verdict. In Thomasville, opinions of the court's ruling were mixed as well.

"I agree with the court's decision, because there was so much reasonable doubt involved in the case," said Dawn Harrison of Thomasville. "The law says if there's no reasonable doubt, the person is not guilty."

Harrison was at work when the verdict came a little after 5 p.m. Monday. She said she has followed the Jackson case since it began. Her favorite song by the artist is "Lady of my Life."

"I think there was a lot of interest in this case because of who he was," she said.

Thomasville's Constance Hudson also supported the court's ruling. "There was reasonable doubt," she said. "The fact is that he is not guilty. Now, he has to take all of this in stride and make sure that he's careful around people. He's in the spotlight now, so he has to be careful about the situation."

Not everyone believes the jury's verdict was just. "It's ridiculous," said Thomasville's Tim Ashton after the verdict. "That's the same feeling I had when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty. It's in the same state, too. It's just ridiculous."

Ashton said he believes Jackson was guilty of the charges against him. "What was he doing in the bed with those little boys? Counting sheep, I guess," Ashton said.

"The problem was, the accusers were not Lilly-white. They all had baggage. I guess the jury did not find them credible," he said. "But it appeared that (Jackson) should have gotten a severe punishment and time."

To contact reporter Brewer Turley, call (229) 226-2400, ext. 226.and providing alcohol to a minor charges.

Outside the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse, fans both for and against Jackson reacted to the not guilty verdict. In Thomasville, opinions of the court's ruling were mixed as well.

"I agree with the court's decision, because there was so much reasonable doubt involved in the case," said Dawn Harrison of Thomasville. "The law says if there's no reasonable doubt, the person is not guilty."

Harrison was at work when the verdict came a little after 5 p.m. Monday. She said she has followed the Jackson case since it began. Her favorite song by the artist is "Lady of my Life."

"I think there was a lot of interest in this case because of who he was," she said.

Thomasville's Constance Hudson also supported the court's ruling. "There was reasonable doubt," she said. "The fact is that he is not guilty. Now, he has to take all of this in stride and make sure that he's careful around people. He's in the spotlight now, so he has to be careful about the situation."

Not everyone believes the jury's verdict was just. "It's ridiculous," said Thomasville's Tim Ashton after the verdict. "That's the same feeling I had when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty. It's in the same state, too. It's just ridiculous."

Ashton said he believes Jackson was guilty of the charges against him. "What was he doing in the bed with those little boys? Counting sheep, I guess," Ashton said.

"The problem was, the accusers were not Lilly-white. They all had baggage. I guess the jury did not find them credible," he said. "But it appeared that (Jackson) should have gotten a severe punishment and time."

To contact reporter Brewer Turley, call (229) 226-2400, ext. 226.

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