- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MONROE, La. (AP) - A six-person jury in Louisiana deliberated less than an hour before finding a West Monroe police officer not guilty of negligent homicide.

Officer Jody Ledoux was indicted by a grand jury a year after the December 2014 shooting death of 51-year-old Raymond Martinez.

The officer said he fired five times because he mistook Martinez’s cell phone for a gun in the parking lot of a convenience store.

The News Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/2ctFNjx) that in his closing Tuesday night, Ledoux’s defense attorney told jurors that they had the opportunity to stand between a police officer and danger, and to help an officer in trouble.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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