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Dec 7, 5:56 PM EST

Jury reaches verdict for ex-Mesa policeman accused of murder


PHOENIX (AP) -- Jurors say they've reached a verdict in the case of a former Mesa police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a hotel guest nearly two years ago.

The verdict was to be announced late Thursday afternoon in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Philip Brailsford is charged with second-degree murder in the January 2016 shooting at a Mesa hotel.

He would face 10 to 25 years in prison if convicted of the charge.

The 27-year-old Brailsford has testified about his split-second decision to shoot the unarmed man after responding to a call that someone at the hotel was pointing a gun out of a window.

Brailsford served as a Mesa policeman for about two years before he was fired for violations of departmental policy, including unsatisfactory performance.

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