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Jury Finds Sheriff's Deputy Not Liable for Accident

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A Leon County jury returned a verdict on Wednesday, finding that a Leon County sheriff’s deputy was not negligent in a crash with a bicyclist two years ago that left the 22-year-old man fatally injured. Timothy Conn died July 3, 2006, after his bike collided with Deputy Charles McClure’s patrol car on State Road 20.

Expert witnesses called by each party differed in their opinions on how the accident happened. The three-day trial consisted of testimony from witnesses, Conn’s family and friends, law-enforcement officers and accident-reconstruction experts.

The jury deliberated for more than an hour before returning the verdict.