Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Breaking News

WV State News

January 18, 2013

Va. man found not guilty in W.Va. shooting death

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 41-year-old Virginia man has been found not guilty in the fatal shooting of another Virginia man in West Virginia nearly two years ago.

The Journal ( ) reports that jurors found Jonathan Frederick Bennett not guilty of felony murder on Thursday in the March 2011 death of 26-year-old Geronimo Garcia-Cruz of Winchester, Va.

Bennett was tried in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Jurors also found the Charlottesville man not guilty of assault during the commission of a felony, but found him guilty of unlawful assault.

Bennett testified he accidently shot Garcia-Cruz during an altercation at the Martinsburg apartment of his girlfriend at the time.

Bennett is already serving an unrelated federal prison sentence.

Text Only
WV State News
AP Video
Business Marquee
College Sports
Pro Sports