Man acquitted in Columbia slaying

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a 28-year-old Columbia man in the shooting death of a Missouri football player’s cousin.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/wBawgT) that the sequestered Platte County jury found Tony Lewis innocent Saturday, on day six of the trial in Boone County Circuit Court. Lewis was the last of eight co-defendants to face charges in the 2010 death of Aaron Hobson, of Wichita, Kan.

Hobson was visiting Columbia in October 2010 to watch his cousin, Trey Hobson, play in a Missouri game. Hobson was meeting friends at a convenience store when he was robbed and shot.

Daron Peal has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting Hobson.

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