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Not Guilty verdict in BP death

Greensboro – A Guilford County jury found a High Point man not guilty Friday in a 2011 fatal shooting at a BP station.
The jury determined that Maurice Antonio Nichols, of 618 Wesley Drive, acted in self-defense about 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2011, when he shot and killed Lemorris McCollum Jr., 26, of Greensboro.
McCollum had just shot Nichols’ cousin near the BP Family Fare, 2600 Randleman Road, said Nichols’ attorney Robert O’Hale.
“The deceased was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm,” O’Hale said. “Our evidence was that he was a violent person. My client shot him to protect his cousin.”
Police said McCollum died in an exchange of gunfire.
Police matched ballistics from McCollum’s weapon to one used in a robbery two nights earlier, O’Hale said.
The four-day trial began Tuesday. ‘Hale said the 12-person jury took about an hour to Nichols not guilty.
Staff Writer Joe Gamm