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Lufkin man is found not guilty of April 2011 stabbings

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A jury has found a Lufkin man not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault for stabbing two men.

The trial for Gerald Acevedo, 25, began Tuesday morning, with Acevedo claiming he stabbed the two men in self-defense in April 2011.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to a residence on the 200 block of Garvan Street. When they arrived, they learned Acevedo had been in a fight with two men who he stabbed, according to the report. After he stabbed them, the two victims fled into the house and Acevedo scraped their car with the knife, according to the report.

The two victims, aged 24 and 21, were taken to a Lufkin hospital, where they were treated for injuries.

According to the report, Acevedo first stabbed the 24-year-old. While attempting to break up the fight, the 21-year-old was also stabbed.

During the trial, the defense relied heavily on the argument that Acevedo acted in self defense.

"My client really had no option here. He was defending himself," said Acevedo's attorney, Ryan Deaton, in opening arguments.

Acevedo argued he didn't bring the knife to the house and that he was defending himself and his brother.

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