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Jury returns not guilty verdict

A jury found a South Point man charged with second-degree felonious assault innocent Tuesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

The charge against Chaz McCoy, 23, was dismissed following a two-day trial.

The case centered around an alleged bar fight at the Whiskey River Saloon in South Point on Sept. 14, 2013. Charges were filed against McCoy after he stabbed another bar patron.

Warren Morford, McCoy’s attorney, said his client acted in self-defense and that the other patron had attacked McCoy with a beer bottle.

“We had a jury that listened to the facts,” Morford said. “Thank you to the jury for their attention and their service.”

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mike Gleichauf also thanked the jury for their service.

“We appreciate the jury’s hard work and dedication,” he said. “They listened to the witnesses and weighed the evidence and they believed the defendant acted in self-defense.”