HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A jury in Hagerstown has acquitted a drug dealer of murdering a neighbor with whom he had a sexual relationship.

The Herald-Mail reports that jurors reached the verdict Friday after deliberating more than seven hours
over two days.

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They found Darroll Sands, 44, not guilty of murdering Carol Brown, 22, of Hagerstown. She was found strangled and stabbed in her bathtub in April 2008 with Sands’ handprint on the tub and his semen in her body.

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Sands’ testified that he sometimes had sex with Brown in exchange for drugs or money. He said they had had sex the night before her body was found.

Sands was convicted last year of cocaine distribution. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

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