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GREENSBURG, Pa. – The father of a man accused of having killed a western Pennsylvania police officer has been acquitted of witness intimidation and other charges.

A Westmoreland County jury deliberated for a little over an hour Friday before acquitting 47-year-old Gregory Baucum of all charges – strangulation, simple assault, two counts of retaliation against a witness and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors contended that Baucum attacked his girlfriend after learning that she had cooperated with police during the manhunt for 25-year-old Rahmael Sol Holt.

Baucum testified that he felt betrayed after learning that his girlfriend had cooperated with police but β€œlet it go after that.”

Holt is charged in the November death of 25-year-old New Kensington officer Brian Shaw. Prosecutors say they plan to seek capital punishment if he is convicted of first-degree murder.

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