- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A New York City man who claimed he acted in self-defense when he killed a man in a Maine apartment that was being used as a drug den was acquitted of all charges on Monday.

The jury returned the verdict in favor of Timothy Ortiz, who claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot Jonathan Methot two years ago in Biddeford, said Luke Rioux, a defense attorney.

The defense contended Ortiz was choked before he fired three shots, with one of them hitting Methot in the face. The prosecution said the shooting was aimed at settling the score over a drug debt.

Rioux said it was a “tragic” event that ended with the death of a father who was well-liked.

“We’re just glad that we don’t have to ruin another life with a murder conviction,” he said.

Ortiz was originally arrested on a probation violation related to sex trafficking and drug charges in New York before being charged with murder. Rioux said Ortiz would be released after completing his sentence for the probation violation.

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