Man found innocent of hate crimes in fight

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A man who was accused of using a Nazi salute during a fight with another man has been found innocent of hate crimes and assault.

The Republican-American (http://bit.ly/1GYzbil ) reports that a jury in Bantam Superior Court acquitted 27-year-old Chad Conway of New Milford on Wednesday.

During the trial, Nelson Zuniga testified last week that he heard Conway say “white power” several times and use a Nazi salute during their fight in May 2012. There was conflicting testimony over who started the fight and where it took place.

Defense attorney David Gronbach said the fight was not racially motivated. He said it was apparent jurors did not believe the complainant’s testimony.

Conway was acquitted of second-degree assault, first-degree intimidation based on bigotry and bias, third-degree assault and breach of peace.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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