DODGE CITY, Kan. — Last night, a jury of 12 Ford County citizens concluded that Brock Cunningham is not guilty of any crime in connection with young Natalie Pickle’s accidental death, said Cunningham’s Wichita-based defense attorneys Dan Monnat and Trevor Riddle, of Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered.

“The jury patiently listened to all the evidence, to all the expert witnesses, and carefully weighed their decision,” said Riddle. “Their verdict is consistent with what we have said from the beginning: Natalie Pickle died from a tragic, accidental fall; Brock Cunningham is not guilty.

“Natalie’s tragic death will continue to be mourned by all of us,” said Monnat. “But it is some comfort that Brock Cunningham — the innocent man who tried to save her life — will no longer be hounded by the false accusation that her death was a murder.

“We are deeply grateful for the commitment and wisdom of the jury who delivered Brock’s not-guilty verdict, and to everyone in the community who has supported Brock during this difficult time,” Monnat said.

Cunningham, who had previously taken and passed two lie detector tests, said after the verdict, “The only thing I have to say is what I have said all along, I am innocent. I’m very grateful to the jurors for recognizing that and I thank my attorneys, Dan Monnat and Trevor Riddle, and the people of Dodge City who have supported me all these years.”

Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered was founded in 1985 and is a nationally-recognized criminal defense firm.