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Jury acquits Ind. man who partially bit off ear

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) - Jurors have acquitted an eastern Indiana man of felony charges from a fight during which he bit off part of another man's left ear.

 Forty-four-year-old Curtis Cross of New Castle had faced up to eight years in prison on the battery charges filed after the April 2009 confrontation. Jeffrey Guffey told police he was riding a bicycle on a New Castle street when he shouted at Cross to slow down while driving his SUV.

 Cross said he became angry after Guffey made an obscene gesture, but the two men both claimed the other threw the first punch. Defense attorney Joseph Lansinger told the Henry County jury that it didn't matter how the fight ended, but how it started.

 A prosecutor argued that Cross could've avoided the fight by driving away. 

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