- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

(AP) — A D.C. Superior Court jury has acquitted three of five men charged in connection with a series of drive-by shootings in northeast Washington in 2008.

The shootings in the Trinidad neighborhood left a 13-year-old boy and six others wounded and led police to set up controversial police checkpoints.

Five men were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon, along with other offenses, in the shootings. On Tuesday, a jury found twin 21-year-old brothers Joshua and Christian Benton and 25-year-old William McCorkle not guilty.

Twenty-three-year-old Marcus Brown was convicted of lesser charges, including assault with intent to kill, conspiracy and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The jury is still deliberating on the charges facing 17-year-old Antonio McAllister.

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