Black man acquitted of killing white man after race dispute

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 7, 2018 8:15 AM

(Wilkes-Barre) -- A black man has been acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of a white man outside a Luzerne County bar in a case his attorney said stemmed from "ugly racism."

Thirty-one-year-old Stephen Spencer had been accused of killing 32-year-old Christopher Williams in July 2017 in Pittston after someone refused to shake hands to settle a dispute over a game of pool.

Spencer testified he fired in self-defense as a group of would-be attackers came at him outside.

Prosecutors had argued that Spencer had the opportunity and the duty to retreat rather than pull his gun.

The defense painted Spencer as a family man and homeowner who was licensed to carry the gun and had no criminal record.

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