LOS ANGELES – Chaka Khan's son was acquitted of murder Friday in the shooting death of a teenager during a party at her home two years ago.
A Superior Court jury deliberated two and a half days before finding Damien Patrick Holland not guilty of murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.
Holland, 27, was charged with killing Christopher Bailey, a 17-year-old aspiring rapper who was staying at the home Holland shares with his mother, girlfriend and 5-year-old daughter.
Holland testified that he never intended to kill Bailey when he poked at him with an M-16 assault rifle. The two were discussing an affair the younger man claimed to have had with Holland's girlfriend when Holland pointed the gun at his friend.
Khan testified last week that she believed her son accidentally killed his friend. The singer said Bailey could have survived the shooting had police permitted emergency medical workers to enter her home sooner.