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Friday
Jan142011

Ex-Police Chief Cleared in Uzi Expo Death

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BOSTON) -- The police chief who oversaw the 2008 gun expo where an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the face with an Uzi submachine gun was acquitted Friday after an emotional trial that featured video playback of the boy's last moments.

The jury found Edward Fleury not guilty of involuntary manslaughter of Christopher Bizilj on their first full day of deliberations at Hampden Superior Court in Massachusetts. Fleury was also cleared of three charges of furnishing machine guns to minors. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison.

Charles Bizilj was videotaping his son when the kick on the rifle thrust the barrel of the gun upward as it fired 20 rounds per second, and struck Christopher in the right side of the head. The jury gasped during the trial as prosecutors played the video showing the moment the boy died. Christopher's father was on the stand at the time and closed his eyed while the video was played.

Prosecutors said they didn't charge Charles Bizilj because people who should have known that firing the gun was too dangerous had influenced his decision to let his son fire the Uzi.

Charles Bizilj, who signed a liability waiver before the shooting, testified that he thought the expo would be well-supervised and safe.

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