MONROE, La. — A six-person jury in Louisiana deliberated less than an hour before finding a West Monroe police officer not guilty of negligent homicide.

Officer Jody Ledoux was indicted by a grand jury a year after the December 2014 shooting death of 51-year-old Raymond Martinez.

The officer said he fired five times because he mistook Martinez’s cell phone for a gun in the parking lot of a convenience store.

The News Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/2ctFNjx) that in his closing Tuesday night, Ledoux’s defense attorney told jurors that they had the opportunity to stand between a police officer and danger, and to help an officer in trouble.


Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com