Man Acquitted of Homicide in KC Entertainment Area

6 years 7 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 15 2011 Sep 15, 2011 Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:17:16 AM CDT September 15, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas City man has been acquitted in the death of another man after a confrontation in the city's Westport entertainment district. A Jackson County jury on Wednesday acquitted Stanford Griswold in the October death of a 24-year-old man Brian Euston. During the trial, Griswold's attorneys acknowledged that he hit Euston, who fell backward and hit his head on a curb. He died later at a hospital. Griswold said he hit Euston, who was drunk, because he would not leave Griswold and his girlfriend alone. Prosecutor Michael Hunt argued that Griswold should have known the blow could kill Euston. Defense lawyer Molly Hastings said the punch was self-defense.

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