After nine hours of deliberation, a Houston County jury acquitted Joseph Dozier in the 2016 slaying of Christopher Damon Grimsley.

Dozier, a resident of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was arrested after surrendering to police on Sept. 4, 2016. He was accused of fatally shooting Grimsley with a .38-caliber semi-automatic pistol. The slaying occurred at about 2:10 p.m. at a residence on Squire Court in Dothan’s Ford Country subdivision behind Southeast Health.

Dozier’s attorneys, Steve Etheredge and Dustin Fowler, were grateful that the jury understood this to be self-defense.

“This was a tragic incident between family members that resulted in a death,” Etheredge and Fowler said. “But it was clearly self-defense, and that’s what the jury determined.”

Police say the shooting was the result of an argument.

Dozier surrendered to police later the same day.

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