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Gunfire reported outside courthouse after Jacouri Burns found not guilty of murder

Shot fired outside courthouse after Jacouri Burns found not guilty of murder
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 5:55 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Gunfire was reported outside the Fayette County Courthouse after the Jacouri Burns murder trial.

He was facing murder and assault charges in connection with the shooting death of Lonnie Oxendine, a young father and aspiring rapper, in January 2021. The shooting happened near City Center in downtown Lexington. Oxendine’s family says he was filming a music video with his young son nearby.

Thursday, Burns was found not guilty on both charges.

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Joseph Eggert, Burn’s attorney, told jurors that Burns acted in self-defense. He said Snapchat records show someone threatening Burns.

Eggert explained that Oxendine, an up-and-coming rapper who went by the stage name ATM Grinda, was upset about not getting to perform during a concert and wanted his money back. He argued Oxendine made the Snapchat threats.

Eggert then played a surveillance video of Burns and Oxendine waking through the building lobby. You can see the two waking closely and talking. They walk outside and Oxendine punches Burns twice in the face. Burns starts to run away and Oxendine follows him.

Eggert says that’s when Burns fired a shot. He claimed his client acted in self-defense. WKYT’s news partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader covered the trial since it began with jury selection on Monday. The Herald-Leader says Burns admitted to pulling the trigger and said he did it to save his own life.

After the trial, a fight broke out between the families of Oxendine and Burns. Police tell us two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained in the fight.

According to police, several minutes after the fight was broken up and most people had left, medical crews were treating one of the victims when a car drove by the courthouse and someone fired a single shot into the air.

No one was hit by the bullet.

Police later found the car nearby in the 400 block of Race Street. So far, no one has been arrested.

This is a developing story.

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