Man acquitted in slayings of 2 during Detroit eviction

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Detroit — A man charged in the fatal shootings of a Detroit homeowner and his adult daughter during a 2014 eviction has been acquitted during his second trial.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says 23-year-old Alonzo Long Jr. was found not guilty this week.

He faced first-degree murder charges and his first trial ended in July with a hung jury. Defense lawyer Lillian Diallo says it’s “so tragic” and truly self-defense.

In November 2014, Howard Franklin, 72, and Catherine Franklin, 37, were shot during a dispute over the removal of fixtures at a house Howard Franklin had acquired at a tax foreclosure sale. He’d allowed people to stay in the house.

The shooting occurred when he showed up with an eviction order. Long was described as a nephew of the home’s occupant.

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