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Cleveland slaying suspect acquitted in prior case

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CLEVELAND, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A Cleveland, Tenn., man awaiting trial on charges of ambushing and shooting his daughter's grandparents to death was found not guilty in a prior stabbing.

During a one-day trial Thursday, a Bradley County jury acquitted Aaron Lawson, 33, of aggravated assault.

To the surprise of prosecutors, Lawson took the stand, saying he first was attacked by Travis Millard in a bar fight in February 2011, said 10th Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hatchett. Prosecutors argued that Lawson stabbed Millard in the stomach first.

After two hours of deliberation, the jury came back with a "not guilty" verdict late Thursday, Hatchett said.

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