HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A California jury has acquitted former
University of Montana cornerback Jimmy Wilson of homicide charges
for the June 2007 shooting death of his aunt's boyfriend.
Los Angeles Superior Court officials say Wilson was acquitted
Thursday and freed from custody. He had been jailed on $2 million
bail since his arrest on June 12, 2007.
Wilson was charged with shooting 29-year-old Kevin Smoot of
Lancaster, Calif., on June 2, 2007. Court records say the shooting
occurred during a confrontation at the home of Wilson's aunt.
Wilson's attorney, Jerome Bradford, argued that his client was
acting in self defense.
Wilson started 14 games in 2006 for Montana.
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