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ST. LOUIS – Authorities say a St. Louis man has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of his uncle.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors deliberated 45 minutes Tuesday before deciding that 35-year-old Jason Westbrook, of St. Louis, wasn’t guilty. He claimed that he shot and killed 57-year-old Frederick Thomas in self-defense.

Attorneys say Westbrook testified that his uncle had a reputation for violence and for making threats against family members.

Police recovered a .380-caliber pistol from the basement and bullets of the same caliber from Westbrook’s pants pocket. Westbrook told police he and Thomas had struggled over the gun in Westbrook’s grandmother’s home.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,