Man acquitted in 2014 New Haven shooting that killed teen

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Jeffrey Covington

NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man has been acquitted of murder and first-degree assault charges in the shootings of two teenage brothers two years ago.

The New Haven Register reports that the New Haven jury also found 21-year-old Jeffrey Covington not guilty Thursday of conspiring to commit murder.

This is the case’s second trial. A deadlocked jury had led to a mistrial in the October 2015 prosecution of Covington for the March 24, 2014, shooting that killed 17-year-old Taijhon Washington and injured his then-16-year-old brother, Travon, in New Haven.

The jury had convicted Covington of carrying a pistol without a permit. They were unable to agree on the murder charge. Covington received a 10-year prison sentence.

Covington’s attorney says prosecutors failed to show Covington had motive to shoot the brothers.