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Man found not guilty of shooting UE foreign exchange student

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

After less than an hour of deliberating, a Vanderburgh County jury found Justin Brewer not guilty of attempted murder, burglary, robbery, and criminal confinement.

Both Brewer and the victim, a University of Evansville foreign exchange student, testified in the trial. They told dramatically different accounts of what happened in September 2013.

The victim, Muhammed Al Nasser, testified that he traveled back from Saudi Arabi for the trial. He told jurors that he didn't know Brewer prior to the attack.

Prosecutors alleged that after Al Nasser was shot, he played dead until Brewer left.

When Brewer took the stand, he told jurors that he knew Al Nasser because he purchased marijuana from him in the past. He testified he was there for a 'business deal' when the two began arguing.

Defense Attorney Steve Owens tells us Brewer and Al Nasser began to struggle over a gun when it went off, hitting Al Nasser in the head.

"Mr. Brewer indicated that they'd had previous business dealings," said Owens. "I don't believe it was a random act. I understand the University thought it was random act, the jury obviously didn't think it was random act and they're the one that heard two days of evidence

Owens says Brewer was convicted of receiving stolen property in Henderson. That conviction is a result of the car chase that ended there.

Brewer could be looking at six years in prison. He will be sentenced in September.

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