PINEVILLE, Mo. — A jury has found a suspect accused of shooting a local deputy not guilty of the crime.
A McDonald County jury returned the verdict against 45-year-old E.F. Fitchpatrick Tuesday.
He was accused of shooting Nolan Murray, while the deputy was serving a drug search warrant at a Joplin motel on south Range Line in 2017.
The trial began Monday in McDonald county on a change of venue.
In a separate court hearing, Fitchpatrick pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon in connection to the case.
He’ll be sentenced for that charge next month.