He says that he is innocent of the crime.
She was found innocent of all charges.
A person accused of a crime is considered innocent until proven guilty.
Someone told your secret, but it wasn't me. I'm innocent.
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Presley reportedly thought Jackson was innocent and urged him to settle the allegations outside of court and to go to rehab for his drug addiction.—Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 13 Jan. 2023 Police believe Takeoff was an innocent bystander to an argument that took place outside a bowling alley that led to the shooting.—Alaa Elassar, CNN, 5 Jan. 2023 Police believe the 14-year-old fatal victim was an innocent bystander.—Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 Takeoff an 'innocent bystander' before murder, two men arrested, police say Takeoff, 28, was shot in the head and back as more than 30 people were leaving a private party at the bowling alley.—Juan A. Lozano, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2022 Authorities confirmed that the teen was an innocent bystander and he is expected to survive.—Jon Haworth, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2022 By many accounts, Takeoff was an innocent bystander who lost his life in a random instance of violence after a quarrel at a party in Houston early Tuesday morning.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2022 The gunfire erupted following a dispute between two women in the middle of Third Avenue North, and ended with Sills, a mother and innocent bystander, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.—Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 19 Oct. 2022 Some played the victim, some played the innocent bystander, and some played the villain.—Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 13 Oct. 2022
At twelve, visitations commence from the Kid, a far cry from the feckless, murderous innocent of Blood Meridian.—Joy Williams, Harper’s Magazine , 14 Dec. 2022 The fraudsters’ aim is for the innocent on the other end of the line or text to be sufficiently frightened that valuable financial information is shared.—Dallas News, 12 July 2022 On the other hand, the intimate view of the innocent's life makes the decision-making even more agonizing for everyone involved -- and especially for Watts, the man with the finger on the trigger that launches the Hellfire missiles.—Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 26 Feb. 2016 He was then assigned to a building in Paris where people who had been arrested by French resistance fighters were being held, to sort out the innocent from those who required investigation.—Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 17 Sep. 2022 An audience, the playwright seems to be saying, must witness the torture that this young innocent experienced.—Peter Marks, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2022 Maybe their shrewd veterans can be shaken up by an untested innocent.—Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 White said investigators have yet to determine if the woman was the intended target of Tuesday's violence or an innocent who was cut down in the crossfire.—Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2022 And like so many people, I was horrified by what happened in Texas, by what happened in Buffalo, by what’s been happening, quite frankly, all over our country, in terms of gun violence against the innocent.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 16 June 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin innocent-, innocens, from in- + nocent-, nocens wicked, from present participle of nocēre to harm — more at noxious