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Cousins acquitted in uncle's death

By KSL.com | Posted - Oct. 22, 2010 at 8:24 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Two men charged in the beating death of their uncle have been found not guilty.

After five hours of deliberation, a jury cleared Brian Drown, 34, of West Valley City, and Andrew Brundle, 27, of Carson City, Nev., of wrongdoing in the death of Douglas Brundle, 51.

The two were frustrated after many attempts to get their schizophrenic uncle to sign disability papers for their grandmother, who was Douglas Brundle's mother. When they showed up with the papers at his Rose Park home on Sept. 7, 2009, Doug Brundle became agitated. A fight ensued and Doug Brundle was injured.

Hours later, he died of massive bleeding in his brain.

The cousins were charged with homicide by assault, a third-degree felony. Defense attorneys had said they were acting in self-defense.

After being acquitted, Drown told the Deseret News, "I feel good; I feel vindicated. I knew once I had a chance to tell our story, that this would be the outcome."

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