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GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Jefferson Parish jury has cleared a New Orleans man of murder in the death of a master of ceremonies outside a Gretna nightclub in December 2010.

The Times-Picayune ( ) reports that jurors deliberated about 30 minutes Friday night before acquitting 27-year-old Jason Elliot in the death of 22-year-old Carl Grant.

Elliot's attorney, Martin Regan, says Grant belted out a rap song that offended some audience members, who started a fight in the Cozy Kit lounge. Gretna police say that outside the bar, two gunmen fired at least 10 times at Grant, hitting him about six times.

Thirty-one-year-old Adrian Williams of Gretna is serving life for Grant's death.

Elliot is still jailed, because he's accused of attacking a guard in jail last year. Regan says the deputy attacked Elliot.


Information from: The Times-Picayune,