Nation IN BRIEF : VIRGINIA : Man Acquitted in Slaying of Neighbor

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A homeowner who shot a drunk neighbor in a dispute over teenage skateboarders ripping up his flower beds was acquitted of murder in Leesburg, Va., after claiming self-defense. Robert Lorenz, 54, had said he shot Duren Wayne Eldridge on April 9 when the 31-year-old Eldridge came to his door and began threatening him. The shooting was the culmination of months of tension between quiet Lorenz, who works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the family renting the house across the street in suburban Washington.

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