Mar 26, 2010 8:39 AM
GRETNA, La. (AP) A 30-year-old Gretna man accused of using a baseball bat to pummel a friend two years ago has been acquitted of second-degree murder.
Joseph Cross was accused in the May 13, 2008, death of Donald Dufrene III, who was severely beaten six days earlier outside a Gretna apartment.
The jury deliberated less than two hours Thursday before acquitting Cross. State District Judge John Molaison said the verdict was not unanimous. While he released Cross on the murder charge, Cross was ordered to serve out a six-month sentence for failing a drug test while out on bond.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com