Missouri man not guilty in shooting death of son-in-law

2 years 3 months 3 weeks ago February 26, 2015 Feb 26, 2015 Thursday, February 26 2015 Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:12:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

POTOSI (AP) - A southeast Missouri man has been found not guilty in the shooting death of his son-in-law.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri reports that a jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday in the case of 49-year-old Martin Gorse of Cadet. He was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Gorse's son-in-law, 31-year-old Ronald Coleman Jr., died in April 2012. The first trial in the case, in 2013, resulted in a hung jury.

Defense attorney Scott Rosenblum told jurors that Gorse was acting in self-defense. But Washington County prosecutor Josh Hedgecorth said Gorse acted with deliberation when he shot Coleman.

Gorse testified that Coleman became upset when Gorse asked him about getting a job, prompting an argument that led to the shooting.

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