LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A British man was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he killed a business associate 10 years ago and then killed the man's wife and two children to hide the crime.

The verdict ended the third trial of Harvey Rader, 49, a former used car dealer, accused of the 1982 murders of Sol Salomon and his family.

Wallets belonging to the family were discovered near a freeway ramp north of Los Angeles, but their bodies were never found. Jurors deadlocked in the first trial in 1989, the second ended in a mistrial.

Rader's attorney, Joel Isaacson, argued Salomon, arranged his own disappearance because he was involved in criminal activity.

Prosecutors contended Rader shot Salomon, a former Israeli police officer who ran a fire extinguisher business, because Salomon tried to recover $20,000 he had invested in Rader's defunct car dealership.

Jurors deadlocked in the first trial in 1989, and the second case ended in a mistrial.