- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul man has been acquitted of murder charges in the death of a man whose body was found in a burning car last fall.

Twenty-three-year-old Demetrius Smoot was found not guilty by a jury in Ramsey County late Thursday. Smoot was accused of fatally shooting 36-year-old Jeremy Allen and then burning his vehicle during a drug deal last November in St. Paul.

Defense attorney Bruce Wenger argued that while Smoot may have arranged a marijuana deal between the victim and another man and helped burn Allen’s body, he was not the person who pulled the trigger.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/24FdYFY ) says Smoot’s family cried with relief after the verdict was read and hugged each other.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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