Jury acquits man in fatal shooting of uncle
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis man has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of his uncle.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports jurors deliberated for 45 minutes on Tuesday before deciding 35-year-old Jason Westbrook, of St. Louis, wasn't guilty. He claimed that he shot and killed 57-year-old Frederick Thomas in self-defense.
Attorneys say Westbrook testified his uncle had a reputation for violence and for making threats against family members.
Police recovered a .380-caliber pistol from the basement and bullets of the same caliber from Westbrook's pants pocket. Westbrook told police he and Thomas had struggled over the gun in Westbrook's grandmother's home.