It took less than two hours of deliberations Thursday night for a Douglas County jury to find Kyham Lavon Dunn not guilty of party to murder in the 2014 shooting death of Garth Velin.

The jury also found Dunn not guilty of lesser considered crimes of attempted armed robbery and party to attempted armed robbery.

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank said he was disappointed with the verdict.

“There's a great deal of frustration on behalf of the victim's family of course,” Blank said. Although he said he had no regrets moving forward with the case, the district attorney had acknowledged all along that among the five co-defendants facing charges in connection with Velin’s death, Dunn's case was the weakest.

As for Dunn, he clearly showed his relief after the verdict was read.

“I think you saw as soon as the verdict came in he put his head down on the table and I think just really cried for about four or five minutes,” said his defense attorney, Aaron Nelson. “There was a puddle of tears when he finally picked his head up, so yeah, relieved, deeply.”

Nelson didn't read too much into the swift verdict after four days of arguments and testimony.

“I think they clearly were paying attention all week long,” he said. “It's a serious case; I think they gave it serious consideration that any case in this system deserves.”

While he was relieved for his client, Nelson said he understands the gravity of the case.

“You know there's still always going to be some sadness - I mean, this is a case involving a tragic act. Somebody was murdered,” Nelson said. “The jury found that Kyham did not aid or abet or assist in that, but the family obviously still has the loss and so while we can have our relief, there's still a deep sadness that comes out of this.”

Blank said he presented strong evidence, but during closing remarks told the jury that some witnesses were telling pieces of the truth, and not fully coming clean.

“I think when you're relying on your star witnesses and people have criminal records and plea bargains, there's a risk factor there, so I'm not shocked but I'm definitely disappointed,” Blank said.

Trials for two more co-defendants remain on the docket. Teah Joan Phillips, 18, and Dallas Eugene Robinson, 20, are set to go to trial in February and March, respectively. Each faces one count of party to murder.

Under a plea agreement with the state, Robinson would have that charge reduced to attempted armed robbery with a maximum penalty of 12½ years in prison if he gives truthful testimony at the trials of Dunn and Phillips.

Robinson did testify this week at Dunn’s trial, describing the day of Velin's death in detail - from waking up that morning without power in his Duluth home, to the shooting of the 20-year-old Velin as part of an attempted armed robbery gone wrong, to the drive back to his Duluth residence. Nelson questioned Robinson’s credibility on the stand, wondering why he introduced new details - including that Dunn and shooter Chance William Andrews met up for about 10 seconds behind the group’s car before walking to Velin's house just before the shooting on Sept. 30, 2014, and that he saw Dunn with a gun in the car after the shooting.

Robinson told the jury he understood that under the plea agreement he had to tell the truth. He said it took him this long to step forward because he wasn’t ready.

“I was scared to give too much information,” he testified. Later he told the jury, “I didn’t want to be the one that put someone I cared about away.”

The attorneys asked what changed his mind.

“I want to bring light to the situation,” Robinson said. “I want to move forward. I keep taking steps back; I want to move forward.”

Nelson stressed to the jury that his client was an innocent bystander, unaware of any plan to rob or shoot Velin.

To date, three of the five co-defendants have had their day in court.

A jury of 12 found Dallas Robinson’s brother Kane Robinson, 21, guilty of party to murder in June. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. Andrews, 19, pleaded guilty June 9 to murder for shooting Velin twice in the chest. He is serving a 40-year sentence for the murder and two additional charges.

Blank said he's turning his attention to the final two open cases. Each one is unique, although the cast of characters remains the same.

“The roles are different, the admissible evidence will be different, statements by defendants are different, so (we’ll) see how it goes,” Blank said. “It's been one case at a time, one defendant at a time, one potential plea agreement at a time and/or one trial at a time so now's not the time to predict the future.”