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Jury acquits AC installer who fatally shot Surprise customer after fight

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – A jury found a repairman not guilty of murder Wednesday after Arizona police say he fatally shot a man while working last year.

Authorities say 27-year-old Robert Moore told police he shot 41-year-old Surprise resident Frank Pineda in self-defense after an altercation in July 2018.

Moore told police Pineda hired him to install an air conditioning unit in the home before Pineda became angry and repeatedly punched him in the face. Moore then shot him.

Police say Moore was initially released but arrested days later after not believing him.

A medical examiner says the bullet wound didn’t show signs of a close-range shot.

Authorities say Moore remained in custody and a release order was submitted to court after the verdict.

Moore and his lawyer weren’t immediately available for comment.

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