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Man charged in slaying near Colorado Springs acquitted of 1st-degree murder, conspiracy


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A man charged in a slaying near Colorado Springs has been acquitted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

The Gazette reports ( ) 60-year-old Michael Malory was acquitted Monday, but jurors couldn't reach a verdict on charges of committing a violent crime causing death or serious bodily injury and use of a weapon in a violent crime.

The charges stem from the May 3, 2014, shooting death of 37-year-old Daniel Baird, whose body was found in Malory's Security-Widefield home.

Defense attorney Todd Johnson says Malory will be tried at a later date for second-degree murder or manslaughter.

In December, 33-year-old Brian Springsted, was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy. He was sentenced to life without parole.

In January, 25-year-old Nathan Varnadore pleaded guilty to being an accessory. His sentencing is set for May 29.

Information from: The Gazette,

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