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Former Police Chief Cleared In Boy’s Uzi Death

By Dave Collins, Associated Press
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Christopher Bizilj (credit: CBS)

Christopher Bizilj (credit: CBS)

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts jury has acquitted a gun fair organizer of manslaughter in the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head with an Uzi submachine gun.

The Hampden Superior Court jury found former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury not guilty on Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn. He was also cleared of three charges of furnishing machine guns to minors during the gun fair in Westfield.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

Fleury cried and hugged his attorney and his family after the verdicts were read, while Christopher’s relatives walked quickly out of the courtroom without commenting.

Fleury said he regretted holding the machine gun shoot and will never do it again.

Prosecutor William Bennett said the jury had spoken and the trial was fair.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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