Macon jury acquits handyman jailed 2 years ago on charges in 2010 knife slaying in middle Ga.



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MACON, Georgia — A man jailed two years ago on murder charges has been acquitted by a jury in a 2010 knife slaying in middle Georgia.

The Telegraph of Macon reports (http://bit.ly/1wJTekr ) jurors took less than half an hour Friday to find 40-year-old David Allen Stewart not guilty in the killing of Tony Lord of Lizella.

Prosecutors relied on witness testimony that Stewart, a handyman, came to Lord's home in March 2010 and plunged a knife into his chest after Stewart was ripped off in a drug deal by the victim's son. But defense attorneys seized on conflicting testimony given by three key prosecution witnesses.

The verdict came after a three-day trial. Stewart left the courthouse with his mother crying on his arm. Now free, Stewart said he was "just ecstatic ... happy."


Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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