- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A Hancock County man charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a family member at a 2015 child’s birthday party walked out of the courtroom a free man.

After several hours of deliberation on Thursday, The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/28RncO7) a jury acquitted 33-year-old Clinten Michael Dryer of all charges in the killing of 29-year-old Kenneth Fanning.

Dryer admitted to killing Fanning but claimed he did so in self-defense. His attorneys, Donald Rafferty and Damian Holcomb, argued a justifiable homicide defense.

Dryer stabbed Fanning just after midnight April 12, 2015, in the front yard of his house. Family members had gathered to celebrate the birthday of Dryer’s 7-year-old daughter. Police have said both men had been drinking that day and gotten into an argument that eventually turned physical.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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