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Reactions emerge following Livingston verdict
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A jury found 21-year-old Antonio Livingston guilty of the murder of Robert Medema a verdict that will send him prison for the rest of his life.
After the verdict family and friends of Medema talked about how there is more still to come.
"I'm very glad it's over with, but now I have to go through it again, it's definitely not pleasant," says Dave Cretsinger a friend and coworker of Robert Medema.
Cretsinger worked with Medema for 40 years and sat through all of this trial and now says he will be at the trial of the second man charged with the murder John Aguilar starting in April.
Livingston's mother says she still blames Aguilar for both the murder and she says for her son being framed.
"I'm telling you this is not over, he is not a murderer, my son was framed, yes he was there, but he did not do this," says Linda Livingston.
Assistant Prosecutor Alexis Sanford says in talking to jurors afterward they just didn't believe Livingston's story, that he was intimidated by Aguilar and that's why he went along to the scene of the murder.
"They talked about it being a puzzle the way the pieces came together, the testimony with the evidence, how it came together. They did say they thought the defendant was not very believable at all," says Sanford.
John Aguilar's trial is set to start April 30th.