- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A man has been acquitted in a shooting death outside an after-hours party in central Pennsylvania a year and a half ago.

LNP newspapers (https://bit.ly/1swKD4u ) reports that jurors in Lancaster County deliberated for less than three hours Friday before acquitting 39-year-old Wilberto Melendez in the November 2014 death of 32-year-old Jeremy Torres in Lancaster.

Melendez, who was also acquitted of a firearms violation, hugged his attorney and lowered his head into his hands after hearing the verdict. He sobbed as he left the courtroom, thanking friends and relatives who attended.

Prosecutors alleged that Melendez killed Torres after being denied entry to the party. Defense attorney Jack McMahon argued that he was an unarmed bystander and Torres was shot while his client was being pistol-whipped during a fight.

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Information from: LNP, https://lancasteronline.com

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