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Man acquitted in Illinois slaying of Georgia man

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:11 p.m. CST

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois jury has acquitted one of four people who had been accused in the 2011 stabbing death of a Georgia man.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/14yDgv8 ) reports that 39-year-old Christopher Mays of Caseyville was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and felony murder.

Authorities say 38-year-old Melvin Gregory moved to the area from Conyers, Ga., to live with his girlfriend. After those two got into an altercation that involved Mays and two other defendants, Gregory's body was found in August 2011 on the side of a road by horseback riders near Cahokia.

The three other defendants have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

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