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Jury acquits Huntsville man after fatal shooting

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Jurors acquitted a Huntsville man of murder charges in a fatal shooting that he claims was self-defense.

Steven Leamon, 27, appeared stunned by Friday’s verdict. Jurors deliberated about eight hours over two days.

Leamon was accused in the 2005 death of Christopher Griffin, 20, also of Huntsville.

The shooting occurred Nov. 11, 2005, at Leamon’s residence.

According to testimony, Leamon fired a shot with a 9mm pistol that went through the front door and struck Griffin in the chest.

Leamon testified that he fired in self-defense, because he believed whoever was knocking at his door was trying to break into the house.

Prosecutors argued that Leamon fired recklessly and indiscriminately and his account of the shooting didn’t match the evidence.

Griffin’s family declined to comment about the trial or the verdict.

Leamon’s mother, Wanda Leamon, was elated.

“Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus,” she said. “We have been praying for him and for the Griffin family. If there is anything we can do for them, we will do it.”

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