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The Mercer County courthouse.

A jury acquitted Brandon O'Brien Bowers of the most serious charges stemming from the July 12, 2019, overdose death of Michael Robert Herndon.

After more than five hours of deliberating, the jury declared Bowers, 34, not guilty of third-degree murder and drug delivery resulting in death. A charge of involuntary manslaughter had previously been withdrawn.

The jury found Bowers guilty of manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver; recklessly endangering another person; possession of a controlled substance; and criminal use of a communication facility.

This is a developing story. The Herald will publish follow-up reports on the final day of testimony.

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