Brockton: Brockton man acquitted of murder charge

(AP) — A Brockton man has been acquitted of a first-degree murder charge after the jury accepted his contention that the shooting he was involved in was self-defense.

Drew Beck was found not guilty of fatally shooting James Ortiz following a confrontation with a group of men outside a city liquor store in August 2011.

Prosecutors say one person made a motion toward his waistband, similar to reaching for a gun. Beck drew his own firearm and shot nine times, striking the 19-year-old Ortiz in the leg, jaw and head.

The 25-year-old Beck was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to four years in jail.

Ortiz’s mother, Dimaris Ortiz, tells The Enterprise that she finds it hard to believe that shooting nine times can be considered self-defense.

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