A Randolph County jury acquitted a northeast Missouri man Friday in the shooting death of his neighbor.
The Edina Sentinel reported that jurors in Huntsville found Glenn Head of Novelty not guilty of second-degree murder.
William "Bill" Bacon, 76, also of Novelty, was fatally shot by Head in December 2012.
Head, a former St. Louis police officer, had claimed from the beginning it was self-defense.
The assistant attorney general called it an act of murder.
Bacon died in the emergency room at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the 2012 shooting outside Novelty.
Court documents stated that Bacon was shot in the chest.
Investigators said Head and Bacon had been involved in an ongoing dispute over whether a county road was opened or closed.
Court papers say Head told then-Sheriff Mike Kite that he had shot Bacon following an altercation.
The trial lasted all last week.
The Edina Sentinel said the jury took about an hour-and-a-half to reach its verdict Friday, at one point asking the judge if they could see some evidence again.