Before the judge read the verdict in the case of Julian Jerome (William deVry) on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, all the key parties were sent a text message to get back to the courtroom as the jury had reached their decision.
Once Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright), Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), and Griffin (Matt Cohen) all arrived to the courthouse, it was time for Julian Jerome’s day of reckoning. But it turned out to be nothing like that at all!
As Julian and his lawyer Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) stood to hear the jurors verdicts from the judge, here is what was read: “The first count of solicitation, the jury finds the defendant not guilty. On the second count, the charge of theft of evidence, the jury finds the defendant not guilty. On the third count, obstruction of justice, the jury finds the defendant, Julian Jerome, not guilty. On the fourth count, conspiracy to commit murder on one Duke Lavery, a human being, the jury finds the defendant, Julian Jerome, not guilty. On the fifth count, the murder of Carlos Rivera, a human being, the jury finds the defendant not guilty. And finally as to the last count, the attempted murder of Alexis Davis, a human being, the jury finds the defendant Julian Jerome, not guilty.”
And with that, Julian is acquitted for murdering Carlos, the attempted murder of his wife, Alexis, and ordering the hit that killed Duke! The courtrooom is incensed. Alexis is hysterical and can’t breathe, Olivia screams out in disbelief, Griffin is dejected and up and leaves the courtroom, and Sonny is glaring mad as he stares down at Julian. However, Ava (Maura West) is smug with happiness as her blackmail of Paul Hornsby (Richard Burgi) worked to get her brother exonorated of all charges.
Alexis heads to a bar to calm herself down after the verdict, and over the man that tried to kill her going free, and her botching her own testimony (with a major assist from whatever Paul Hornsby gave her in the water she drank). It was her testimony that helped throw the trial in the wrong direction. As Alexis drinks, she goes over her testimony and what she was planning on saying, and she can’t figure out what happened to her thus driving anyone to drink … and drink.
In the courtroom as Julian begins to make his exit pass Sonny and Carly, he utters to Sonny, “You want justice? I guess justice was served.” But, Sonny tells him justice will be served when he sees him in hell.
After the trial, Ava finds Paul in the park and thanks him for saving her brother, but let’s him know if anything should happen to her, there is a letter that will go straight to the authorities. Ava askes Paul, why is he killing innocent people who are complete strangers to him? She doesn’t understand why. He refuses to explain, but he notes that he understands her need to protect her family intimating that is what he is actually doing. Ava suggests that Paul stop the killings before someone else figures it out, and that he gets out of Port Charles immediately.
And lastly, it appears that Claudette (Bree Williamson) has a daughter and she needs Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) help from some other guy in her life who has been tracking her from prison. Nathan wants nothing to do with her and doesn’t trust her. Will he help her? Is Nathan or Griffin the potential bio-dad here? More to come.
So, what did you think of the verdict in the case of Julian Jerome? Are you pissed off he got off on all charges? Are you glad Julian is a free man? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!