During a nine-day trial, deputy public defender Michelle Tong brought the victim's credibility into question, highlighting that he was a convicted felon who had previously made false bomb threats. Additionally, two other neighbors of Gantz testified that he used racial epithets against black residents of the motel, although Gantz testified that he did not use racist language. (Smith is black and Gantz is white.)
"Proving these serious charges rested on a single witness with a history of lying," Public Defender Jeff Adachi said in a statement. "Fortunately, in this case, the jurors were able to reach the right result after witnesses raised serious questions about Mr. Gantz's truthfulness."
Gantz was acquitted on four felony charges and eight lesser included charges, according to the public defender's office. The jury hung on two misdemeanor counts of elder abuse.