- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge in northeast Ohio has ruled that a 52-year-old man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot his neighbor during a fight about leaves and debris in the front yard.

A Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County judge this week found Andre Jackson of the Cleveland suburb of Bedford Heights not guilty of murder and felonious assault in the killing of Michael Davis last June.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group (https://bit.ly/1GuWp2Q ) reports it started as a confrontation over debris in a front yard. To send a message, defense attorneys say, Davis covered Jackson’s driveway with mud and debris.

After that, the two men fought. Defense attorneys say Jackson felt threatened by the other man and had no choice but to shoot.

Prosecutors argued that Jackson used more force than was necessary.

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