Updated: Friday, 13 Mar 2009, 6:37 PM MDT
Published : Friday, 13 Mar 2009, 6:37 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A district court jury late Friday acquitted for Albuquerque police officer Orlando Camacho in the shooting death of the man he treated as his father.
Camacho had been charged with second-degree murder in the 2006 shooting of Kirk Carrol. Camacho had lived with Carrol and consider Carrol to be his father although the to were not related.
Camacho's attorney argued the shooting resulted from an argument during which Carrol tried to take the officers service weapon. Camacho was in uniform and off duty at the time.
The district attorney's office had claimed Camacho deliberately shoot Carrol to free himself from years of physical and emotional abuse.
The jurors returned the verdict at about 5:30 p.m. after requesting permission from the judge to continue deliberating past their scheduled 5 p.m. quitting time.
KRQE News 13 will have a full report on the case on KASA Fox 2 at 9 p.m. and on News 13 at 10 p.m.