• Brockton man acquitted of murder charge

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    BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Brockton man has been acquitted of a first-degree murder charge after the jury accepted his contention that the shooting he was involved in was self-defense.

    Drew Beck was found not guilty of fatally shooting James Ortiz following a confrontation with a group of men outside a city liquor store in August 2011.

    Prosecutors say one person made a motion toward his waistband, similar to reaching for a gun. Beck drew his own firearm and shot nine times, striking the 19-year-old Ortiz in the leg, jaw and head.

    The 25-year-old Beck was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to four years in jail.

    Ortiz's mother, Dimaris Ortiz, tells The Enterprise (http://bit.ly/19LPj5Y ) that she finds it hard to believe that shooting nine times can be considered self-defense.

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    Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com

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