Lincoln man acquitted in slaying after attorneys argue self-defense

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A jury found Lendell Harris, 24, of Lincoln not guilty on Wednesday of second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Lincoln Police say that in early September, Harris turned himself in for shooting Alonzo Jones, 28, at his apartment.

He was then arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Harris and Jones had a confrontation that led up to the shooting, police said.  Harris allegedly produced a gun during the fight and fired it.

Throughout the trial, Harris’ attorney claimed that the gun was fired in self-defense. He said Jones tried to take the gun from Harris.

While weapon offenses rose throughout Lancaster County during 2021, the total number of shootings decreased from the previous year.

According to the CDC, firearm homicide rates rose by 35% in 2020.  The highest firearm homicide rate in more than 25 years.  Data has not yet been released for 2021.

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