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Beach Officer Not Guilty

Charges had cost him his job

A former Colonial Beach police officer, who lost his job last year after being charged with malicious wounding and strangulation in connection with a dispute in Fredericksburg, has been found not guilty by a jury.
Kevin Murrell, 32, currently a resident of Stafford County, was found “not guilty” by a jury on Friday, after a two-day trial in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.

After the verdict was announced, Defense Attorney Mark Gardner said that Murrell has been unable to find work with the assault charges pending, but would like to return to law enforcement.

Murrell was charged after a Sept. 13, 2012 incident at an apartment in Fredericksburg. Murrell was visiting his one-year-old son, who lived at the apartment with his mother, when he got into an argument with a tenant of another apartment, Travis Cox.

Murrell and Cox argued over loud music being played by Cox, and, according to testimony at the trial, a fight ensued in which Cox was injured, and Murrell was charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and also with strangulation.

Cox told the jury Murrell put him in a chokehold and body-slammed him, causing a serious back injury. Murrell said that he was defending himself after a highly intoxicated Cox attacked him.  

Defense Attorney Gardner said Cox was violent, belligerent and drunk and had attacked Murrell, and the jury agreed, finding Murrell “not guilty” of both charges. “It’s taken a long time, but Kevin has finally been vindicated,” Gardner told reporters after the trial.
— Richard Leggitt

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