Jury: Kenneth Jones, Former Asbury Asst. Fire Chief, Not Guilty

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury has found a former Asbury official not guilty of assault.

Kenneth Jones, a former Asbury Assistant Fire Chief, had been on trial since last week for running over another man with his truck after a heated argument in 2011.

The jury returned with the verdict at 3:50 p.m. Thursday.

In closing arguments, the defense said Jones had been punched while sitting in the driver’s seat, so he wasn’t conscious of the action.

The prosecution says the action was deliberate and he consciously did it.

WHNT News 19’s Laura Christmas is in the courtroom to get reaction to the verdict.  We’ll have the latest in our newscasts this evening beginning on WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m.