Man acquitted in 7-Eleven robbery"
Bucks County Courier Times
Timothy Corbett's hair may have saved him from a felony robbery conviction.
A Bucks County jury in Doylestown on Wednesday found a Philadelphia man not guilty of robbing a Bensalem convenience store clerk with a box-cutter, despite a video surveillance tape and an eyewitness' testimony.
Timothy Corbett's wiry hair may have saved him from a felony robbery conviction. His lawyer tried to tousle it during closing arguments, but couldn't get it to move. He said that proved that the man with the mussed locks in the video couldn't be his client.
"Tim has always steadfastly maintained his innocence," said his attorney, Louis Busico. "This case proves that eyewitness accounts are not always reliable."
Corbett, a Kutztown University student, was arrested shortly after the April 24 robbery at a 7-Eleven store on the 2500 block of Lincoln Highway in Bensalem. An employee of a nearby car wash saw Corbett near the store and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
The man, Richard Woll, testified that Corbett dropped several items of clothing near the scene. Police surmised that Corbett had taken off the hooded sweatshirt witnesses said the robber was wearing before he was caught.
Corbett denied the charges. He had checked in to the nearby Knights Inn motel with a female companion shortly before the robbery.
"He's a lover, not a fighter," Busico quipped, while explaining why Corbett, 22, of Philadelphia, was in Bensalem that day.
The defense attorney asked the jury to study the grainy surveillance video carefully, and then look at Corbett.
"My client has a light bulb head, a hooked nose. And look at this hair," Busico said, tugging at Corbett's head. "It's like Brillo. It doesn't move.