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Jury Acquits Man In Fatal Shooting Outside Hartford Club

Jury Acquits Man In Fatal Shooting Outside Hartford Club

HARTFORD — A Superior Court jury on Wednesday acquitted a Hartford man of murder in a fatal shooting outside a Hartford nightclub two years ago. Mike Cruz, 25, has been locked up since his arrest Sept. 4, 2013, held on $5 million bail, but walked out of the Lafayette Street courthouse a free man Wednesday afternoon. The jury deliberated about two days before reaching its not guilty verdict. Cruz faced a single count of murder, but the jury also acquitted him on lesser offenses of intentional manslaughter and reckless manslaughter. Cruz was charged in the killing of Brian Simpe, 19, of Manchester, on Aug. 4, 2013, outside Up Or On The Rocks, a now-closed Union Place club. "I...

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