- Associated Press - Sunday, March 31, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting a few days before Christmas in 2017 has been acquitted of all charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 23-year-old Jabir Kennedy was acquitted in mid-March by a jury in the quadruple shooting.

Authorities said he got into a physical dispute with his daughter’s mother, and she called relatives who along with friends confronted Kennedy. Prosecutors said Kennedy pulled a gun and opened fire, killing one man and wounding three others.

Kennedy rejected a plea deal calling for a 17½- to 34-year sentence. Prosecutors argued at trial that the eight to 10 shots fired was too much for self-defense. Kennedy took the stand and testified that he fired repeatedly because he believed he would be killed otherwise.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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