Petal man found not guilty of murdering brother-in-law

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A jury has delivered a verdict of not guilty in the case of a Petal man accused of killing his brother-in-law.

Both the prosecution and the defense rested and the jury began deliberating Friday in the case of a Petal man accused of stabbing his brother-in-law to death.

Daniel Koehler, 36, took the stand in his own defense Thursday, telling the court the death of Christopher Mason back in November stemmed from an act of self-defense outside their Petal home.

Koehler says Mason blamed him for losing his job, and in a drunken state began to threaten him. Koehler says he got a knife because he was afraid of Mason and what he might do. After an argument, Koehler says, Mason tackled him and that's when the stabbing happened.

Prosecutors say the stabbing was intentional and that Koehler had every opportunity to avoid the situation.

Closing arguments will begin Friday morning, and the case will then go to the jury.

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