At the end of the story, James King is convicted of felony murder, while Steve Harmon is acquitted. Even though Steve is acquitted of participating in the robbery/murder, his attorney, Kathy O'Brien, is not convinced of his innocence and views him as a monster. Shortly after the verdict is read, Steve attempts to hug O'Brien, who stiffens and turns away. Months later, Steve thinks about O'Brien's reaction and realizes that she viewed him as a monster, which is the same term the prosecuting attorney used to describe him and the other criminals during the trial.
Throughout the story, the audience learns that Steve willingly joined the group of criminals and agreed to be their lookout during the robbery. Steve's attorney and the reader also know that he was present in the store on the day of the robbery and lied about his whereabouts on the witness stand. Fortunately, the prosecuting attorney's witness, Lorelle Henry, did not see Steve inside the drugstore during the robbery. Even though Richard Evans and Osvaldo Cruz testify that Steve played a role in the robbery but did not give a signal after leaving the store, the jury finds him innocent.
Kathy O'Brien does an excellent job of separating her client from James King and the other thugs involved in the crime. Additionally, Steve's teacher, Mr. Sawicki, testifies that he is a compassionate, honest student, which influences the jury's decision. Steve is lucky to be found innocent and spends a significant amount of time filming himself in order to determine his genuine nature.