Ex-Shipmate Acquitted in Deadly Shooting of Sailor

NORFOLK -- A jury acquitted a former sailor Wednesday of fatally shooting a shipmate.

Eliseo Granado, 33, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and a weapon violation after a two-day trial in Circuit Court. Jonathan Sutherland, 21, was found dead July 3, 2010, with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Granado, a petty officer second class assigned to the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, was administratively separated from the Navy in August 2010, said Mike Maus, a spokesman with Naval Air Force Atlantic.

Prosecutor Sarah Rohn told the jury that four sailors, including Granado and Sutherland, went drinking together. The sailors were all assigned to the Bush.

After a night out, Sutherland and Granado shared a cab back to Granado's house on the 3300 block of Kansas Ave. The men began to argue and shoved each other, she said. Granado picked up a gun and fired once, she said.

Defense attorney George Anderson argued that there was little testimony to show exactly what happened inside Granado's house. The sailors had been drinking and having a good time until then, he said.

Granado "made some errors in judgment," Anderson told the jurors. But, he added, "it was an accident."

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