- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Jurors have returned a “not guilty” verdict in the five-week trial of a man charged with killing three people in a Rochester apartment in retaliation for a marijuana theft.

The Monroe County Court jury on Thursday also acquitted 23-year-old Steve Fulcott of four weapons charges, but found him guilty of one count of criminal possession of marijuana.

Prosecutors say Fulcott fatally shot Jermiliah Simmons, her cousin Jaqueline Simmons and their friend Michael Nelson on Feb. 22, 2014. Authorities say the killings occurred after one of the victims stole from the marijuana trafficking ring Fulcott was involved in.

Andre McFarlane, the lead defendant in the case, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder while a third man was deemed incompetent for trial.

McFarlane will be sentenced on March 4.

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