- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - A jury acquitted woman who was facing charges related to the shooting of a man in 2013.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1EO5IWr) the acquittal came after a three-day trial during which prosecutors argued 32-year-old Jennifer Silva helped kidnap and assault a man who lost a suspected drug dealer’s load of methamphetamine.

She took the stand in her own defense to say she wasn’t involved in planning or committing the kidnapping that left the man shot in the leg, but that she did take a knife from the shooting victim to prevent anyone from using it.

Defense lawyer Gary Mitchell says Silva was only trying to prevent injury.

The district attorney was unavailable for comment following the acquittal.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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