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Norfolk sailor found not guilty in 2013 homicide

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Jun 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-12 15:55:34-04

Norfolk, Va. – A Norfolk Navy sailor has been found not guilty of 2nd Degree Murder and weapons charges in a 2013 shooting death of another man.

In March of 2013, 35-year-old Casey Hardesty was shot and killed in the 6600 block of Glenoak Drive.

Joseph Clark Chatfield, then an active-duty Navy sailor, was arrested and charged with the murder later that day.

Court documents revealed that Chatfield told investigators that Casey held a railroad spike up to his throat before the shooting happened.

Chatfield’s family has maintained that they believed the shooting was in self-defense.

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