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Aug 30, 2013 9:25 AM by AP

Baton Rouge jury acquits man in 2009 murder

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man has been acquitted in the execution-style slaying of a Denham Springs couple in 2009, just two months before the husband was to testify against another man at a drug trial.

An East Baton Rouge Parish jury of eight women and four men found Charles Young not guilty on two counts of second-degree murder in the killing of Dustin and Beth Duncan.

The Duncans were shot twice in the head at close range inside their van on Jan. 7, 2009.

Young, who has been jailed in the 2009 murder case for more than 4½ years, also is currently serving a 137-month federal prison term for cocaine possession. He pleaded guilty to that charge in April 2009.

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