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Lakeville Man Acquitted of Charges in Baseball Bat Death

A Lakeville man has been acquitted of all charges in the fatal beating of his longtime friend.

Charlie Reynolds, 32, admitted he killed his friend Joshua Skare, 33, with a baseball bat during an altercation last March, but said that it was in self defense.

The Pioneer Press reported Sunday that jurors deliberated for over 30 hours before delivering a not guilty charge on charges of second-degree murder with intent to kill, second-degree murder without intent to kill while committing a first-degree assault, and second-degree murder without intent to kill while committing a second-degree assault.

Reynolds’ defense attorney, Kevin DeVore, told the Star Tribune that the verdict was bittersweet for his client.

“He lost his best friend and he’s going to have to struggle with that for the rest of his life.” DeVore said.

Throughout over seven days of testimony, prosecution and the defense agreed that Reynolds struck and killed Skare with a baseball bat. Most of the testimony centered on whether or not Reynolds planned to kill Skare.

“They (the jurors) obviously struggled with the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Joshua Skare,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom told the Star Tribune in a statement. “Ultimately, the jury concluded that the state had not proved beyond reasonable doubt that self-defense was not a factor in the case.”