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Man convicted in fatal 2020 protests shooting won’t serve time in prison

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A man convicted of reckless homicide in the fatal 2020 shooting of a young Black man in Indianapolis during unrest sparked by outrage over George Floyd’s killing won’t serve time in prison.

A Marion County judge sentenced Tyler Newby, 32, to one year of home detention and four years on probation on Nov. 10.

Prosecutors had charged Newby, who is white, with murder for fatally shooting Dorian Murrell, but he was found guilty of the lesser crime of reckless homicide following a one-day bench trial last month.

Murrell, 18, died from a single gunshot wound to the heart after being shot in downtown Indianapolis on May 31, 2020, during violence that followed protests over the death of Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.

Newby’s first trial in Murrell’s killing ended in a mistrial last year after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict following several hours of deliberation.

Newby turned himself in shortly after the shooting. He claimed self defense, saying the shooting took place after he was approached by a group of people and shoved to the ground. Newby said he saw someone standing over him and fired.

Prosecutors argued that being shoved to the ground wasn’t justification to take someone’s life.

Three people who had been with Murrell when he was shot have been charged in connection with the robbery and killing of Chris Beaty, a businessman and a former Indiana University football player. Beaty, 38, was fatally shot in downtown Indianapolis hours before Murrell was slain.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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