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Worcester man acquitted of 2006 shooting

June 20, 2013

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester man has been acquitted of killing another man in a drive-by shooting in the city nearly seven years ago.

Shane Spencer was found not guilty by a jury in Worcester Superior Court on Wednesday of killing 25-year-old Luis Arocho-Ortiz in July 2006.

The 27-year-old Spencer was, however, convicted of possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/12d064G ) reports that Arocho-Ortiz’s family reacted in disbelief when the verdict was read, while Spencer’s mother wept in relief.

Prosecutors relied on witness testimony that Spencer was the shooter. But his defense said witnesses lied to protect themselves and evidence pointed to another man as the shooter.

Spencer will be sentenced Monday. He has already spent seven years behind bars awaiting trial.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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