- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania jury has acquitted a man of charges in the shooting death of a longtime acquaintance last year.

The Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/Y5tzDh ) reports that the Erie County panel deliberated for about an hour and a half before finding 61-year-old Kenneth Ellis not guilty on all counts including homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering others and two weapons counts.

Prosecutors had alleged that Ellis killed 37-year-old Stevenson Jordan on Dec. 1 because he believed Jordan had helped rob his son of $11,000 in a home invasion.

Defense attorney Bruce Sandmeyer said prosecutors couldn’t show that his client was at the scene or shot anyone and called the prosecution theory of a vendetta “spurious.” Prosecutors acknowledged having been hampered by two key witnesses who recanted the stories they told police.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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