GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Mississippi man jailed in Jefferson Parish about 15 months for gunning down a Marrero man in Gretna last year has been acquitted of second-degree murder.

The Times-Picayune reports the jury deliberated for several hours Thursday night before finding 26-year-old Terrance Miller, Pattison, Miss., not guilty of shooting Keidrick Shorty Sr.

Shortly was shot up to six times outside a lounge during the 2011 Independence Day weekend.

Miller claimed during the interrogation last year that he had blacked out during the shooting, the result of brain damage he received during a beating in 2005.

When he regained consciousness, his Mississippi colleagues were blaming him for the shooting -- a claim he greeted with disbelief, because he said he considered Shorty his friend.