MONROE, Ga. — A Walton County jury took just a few hours to reject the state’s arguments and find a Monroe man innocent of the murder charges against him in a 2017 shooting death.

Kenslo Damonse Hester of Monroe was acquitted Friday in Walton County Superior Court. He was accused of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of 20-year-old Lewis Palmer Jones Outlaw Jr. near a home on Wheel House Lane on Aug. 21, 2017.

W. Henry Clerke IV, a Marietta attorney representing Hester, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Police had been called to a call of discharging firearms at about 11 that night and by the time they arrived, received another call of a man shot.

Attempts to revive Outlaw were unsuccessful.

Monroe police soon put out a notice they were searching for Hester, then 22.

Hester was arrested about a month after the shooting and charged with murder and with gang-related activities.

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