After four days of trial, San Manuel resident David Mota was found not guilty on all charges, including first degree murder, drive by shooting, and aggravated assault.
Mota was arrested on Feb. 28, 2013 after he discharged his firearm twice during a traffic altercation with 22-year-old Joshua Switalski in Oro Valley. One of the bullets struck and killed Switalski.
The jury came to the decision yesterday at about 4 p.m., after deliberating for nearly five hours. Following the decision, one juror was overheard saying there was not enough evidence to negate Mota's self-defense claim.
Mota was also found not guilty on a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
A follow-up story will be conducted in the days to come.
Coverage of each of the four days of trial leading to the verdict are linked below.