PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Wirt County man being tried a second time in the deaths of his nephew and his nephew's girlfriend has been acquitted of both first-degree murder charges.
The jury returned the not guilty verdict in the Roger Dean Flinn case Friday.
The case was tried before Wood County Judge Robert Waters because of pretrial publicity in Wirt County. Flinn's first trial ended in a mistrial last December because the jury couldn't reach a verdict.
The 46-year-old Elizabeth man took the stand in his own defense yesterday, telling the jury he did not shoot Russell Ray Eastham and Sylvia Fittro.
The two were killed on April First, 2005, a couple weeks after a fight between Flinn and Eastham over which Eastham planned to file assault charges.
Another nephew, Daniel Allen Neptune, testified against Flinn. But Flinn in turn said it was Neptune who pulled the trigger and that he feared Neptune would also kill him because he was a witness.