|Polk County judge finds man not guilty of murder|
|Published on Tuesday December 20, 2011 - 4:11 AM|
Family members hugged Brent William Phillips as he was released from Polk County jail Monday afternoon.
Judge William Horner issued a verdict Monday in the bench trial, saying Phillips killed 24-year-old Christopher Lindsay but that Phillips acted in self-defense.
Phillips was accused of cutting Lindsay's throat outside The Fifty Pub & Grub on Jan. 24. Friends of Lindsay sobbed outside the courthouse.