- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A state jury has found a New Haven man not guilty of murder in a 2011 shooting death.

The 12 jurors acquitted 34-year-old Larry Johnson on Monday in New Haven Superior Court in connection with the killing of 37-year-old Edward Thompson. But Johnson wasn’t released from custody because he also faces drug, assault and other charges.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/1akswCF ) that Thompson was shot in front of dozens of witnesses who either didn’t want to cooperate with police or couldn’t see the shooter’s face.

Johnson’s lawyer, Norman Pattis, accused police during his closing argument of coercing witnesses into making statements against Johnson.

Prosecutors denied the coercion claim and said all the evidence pointed to Johnson. Witnesses said Johnson wanted retaliation after getting stabbed.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com