A jury returned a not guilty verdict for the Grover Beach man accused of assaulting two city police officers in October.
Randal Corvey, 50, was acquitted of the two felony assault charges, but the jury found him guilty of two lesser misdemeanor charges — simple assault and resisting arrest.
Corvey also was acquitted of attempting to take a firearm away from an officer and possession of a deadly weapon — fighting stars that were kept in a display case, his attorney said.
One juror, 68-year-old Vernon Jones of Atascadero, said that the prosecution didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Corvey had charged and attacked officers as prosecutors said.
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Physical evidence, including blood, showed that the officers could have approached Corvey as they warned him to comply with orders to drop a glass bottle when the fight occurred, Jones said.
Corvey was found guilty of use of a controlled substance; he admitted to investigators he was on methamphetamine on Oct. 18 when the officers came to his backyard.
Corvey's attorney, Thomas McCormick, said a bail hearing is scheduled for Friday and he expects he'll seek his client's release from County Jail on a promise to appear pending his sentencing. A sentencing date wasn't discussed at Thursday's verdict.
Corvey, dressed in a blue shirt and black slacks, wiped away tears when the verdict was read. Family members in attendance appeared to be teary-eyed as well.
Judge Barry LaBarbera thanked jurors for their service.