Man Found Innocent in Murder of University Student

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia jury has cleared a Florida man in the beating death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student.

Media outlets report an Ohio County Circuit Court jury Friday found Craig Peacock of Clewiston, Florida, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Kevin Figaniak of Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

Peacock embraced his family and cried after the verdict was announced.

The 22-year-old Peacock testified Thursday that he was intoxicated and did not remember kicking Figaniak in the head last August in Wheeling.

Prosecutors say Figaniak was beaten during an argument and died the next day.

Co-defendant Jarrett Mathis Chandler of Winnfield, Louisiana, pleaded guilty in January to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

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