HYDEN, Ky. (AP) — A jury in eastern Kentucky has found a man not guilty of murder in what prosecutors call a staged accident.
WYMT-TV (http://bit.ly/U3rxOK ) reported jurors acquitted Harold Pennington of all charges on Thursday after deliberating for about five hours.
Prosecutors had argued Pennington and four others threw the body of Norman Adams down a hill to make it look like he died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in 2010. A medical examination revealed Adams was fatally beaten.
The defense argued a statement Pennington gave to police was under another suspect's threat to kill Pennington's elderly parents.
Also charged are Ricky Turner, Lonnie Callahan, Lonnie Ray Callahan, and Millard Miniard. They were to have been tried this month, but each will now have a separate trial next year.
Information from: WYMT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews