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New Mexico jury acquits Illinois man in 2003 killing

New Mexico jury acquits Illinois man in 2003 killing

The Associated Press
December 01, 2017 09:32 AM

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico jury has acquitted an Illinois man in a 2003 killing.

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William Wilbur Hadix was acquitted of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the shooting death of Jessie Clyde "J.C." Tucker at his Clovis storage business.

The Eastern New Mexico News reports that jurors deliberated about 90 minutes before issuing their verdict Thursday night.

Authorities alleged Hadix stole more than $2,500 from Tucker.

Now 69, Hadix was arrested in 2015 in Illinois' Cumberland County where he'd moved from Clovis soon after Tucker's death.

Juror Jamaal Williams said jurors concluded they lacked enough evidence to convict Hadix.

Williams said jurors questioned the credibility of a Louisiana woman who testified that Hadix pointed a gun at Tucker and demanded money before she heard a bang and ran away.

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