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Published: Monday, 8/4/2008

Jury acquits Lima officer in fatal drug-bust shooting

LIMA, Ohio A veteran Lima police sergeant was acquitted Monday on charges he was negligent when he shot an unarmed woman to death and wounded her 1-year-old son. Joseph Chavalia, 52, was found innocent of negligent homicide and negligent assault, both misdemeanors, stemming from a Jan. 4 drug raid at Wilson s Third Street home in which Tarika Wilson, 26, and her son, Sincere, were shot. The jury deliberated about three hours.

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