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A Marion County jury found Herbert Barber not guilty of murder Tuesday, agreeing the fatal shooting of a man who was threatening Barber in September was an act of self-defense.

“Herb said many times that he didn’t want to kill that guy,” said Barber’s attorney, Luther T. Garcia of Indianapolis. “He just wanted him to stop.”

A jury heard testimony over two days, then deliberated about three hours before returning the not guilty verdict about 9:30 p.m. The prosecutor had asked that the jury consider a lesser offense, voluntary manslaughter, but the panel also rejected that charge.

Garcia said the case should be a lesson to others who exercise their right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property.

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