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Man accused in Cape Girardeau murder acquitted

Thomas D. Evans, Jr. (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.) Thomas D. Evans, Jr. (Source: Cape Girardeau Police Dept.)
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

A man charged with second degree murder in a Cape Girardeau shooting has been acquitted of the charge.

Thomas D. Evans Jr. was charged in the shooting death of 44-year-old Matthew Ervin in July of 2010.

Ervin was found shot to death in the middle of Fountain Street.

Ervin's car was located near the crime scene. While searching for clues inside the car, police say they found a key to an apartment at 418 Themis.

After confronting Evans, police brought him in for questioning. They also collected evidence at the apartment complex which included a pair of blood-stained tennis shoes, socks and a shirt.

While being questioned at the police station, Evans admitted to shooting Ervin.

An investigator says Evans claimed Ervin made threats and appeared to be getting a gun from his vehicle when Evans fired two shots out of self-defense.

However, his attorney told jurors this week that police forced that confession during an interrogation.

He claims it was actually an unknown shooter who shot Ervin twice, in the chest and head.

The trial was moved to Butler County on a change of venue.

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