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Texas prison guard acquitted in death of inmate

Oct. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former Texas prison guard who slammed a handcuffed inmate to the ground so hard that the man's liver ruptured and he died. The Houston Chronicle reports that Lou Joffrion was acquitted last month on aggravated assault charges in the 2017 death of David Witt,...

Jury acquits massage therapist accused of client sex assault

Oct. 14, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A massage therapist accused of touching a female client inappropriately during a session has been acquitted of sexual assault charges. Asmar Berry had been arrested in October 2018 after authorities said he touched the victim's "intimate parts" without her consent. The incident...

Teenager acquitted in fatal shooting in western N Carolina

Oct. 13, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A teenager has been acquitted in the 2018 shooting death of a man in a public housing complex in western North Carolina. The Asheville Citizen Times on Saturday reported a jury in ?Buncombe County found the defendant not guilty after deliberating for five hours. The newspaper did not...

Jurors set to start deliberations in Colorado Uber killing

Oct. 8, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A lawyer for a former Uber driver charged with murder in the killing of a passenger in Denver urged jurors to acquit him because prosecutors didn't disprove his claim that he shot the man in self-defense. In closing arguments in Michael Hancock's trial Tuesday, lawyer Johnna Stuart said...

Ex-officer not guilty of manslaughter in Georgia shooting

Oct. 6, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black man was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The jury, however, found Zechariah Presley guilty of violating his oath of office in the 2018 shooting of Tony Green, 33, in...

NE Indiana jury acquits man in killing of popular coach

Oct. 4, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana jury has acquitted a man in the 2017 slaying of a popular high school football coach. The Allen County jury found 25-year-old Henry E. Underwood not guilty Thursday of murder, felony murder and attempted robbery in Terrance Miles' slaying. Miles was an...

Mixed verdict over incendiary devices thrown at officers

Oct. 4, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of throwing incendiary devices at police officers during a standoff at an eastern Pennsylvania home has been acquitted of attempted murder charges. But Jeffrey Folkner was convicted Thursday on several lesser charges, including four counts of aggravated assault. He could...

Prosecutors appeal TEPCO acquittal in Fukushima case

Sep. 30, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors in the only criminal trial involving the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown appealed Monday against the acquittal of three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives. The Tokyo District Court on Sept. 19 found ex-TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two others not guilty of...

Day care regulator acquitted of misconduct

Sep. 27, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon child care regulator has been acquitted of official misconduct, a charge she faced after an infant died at an illegal Hood River day care she oversaw. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the prosecutor alleged licensing specialist Julie Smith knew the day care was caring for...

Man acquitted in wife's death can't sue prosecutors

Sep. 27, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a former prosecutor from a lawsuit alleging that a man was framed for killing his wife in a case in which his wife's friend became embroiled in a complicated plot. But a federal judge ruled Thursday that the case can proceed against three current and former...