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A federal jury in Baltimore finds a former deputy not liable in the stun-gun death of a 20-year-old Frederick man.

The parents of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray sought $145 million for what they claim was an excessive use of force against their son. He died after former Frederick County Sheriff's Cpl. Rudy Torres shocked him twice with a stun gun in November 2007.

Torres testified that he shocked Gray once after Gray ignored commands to get down and show his hands. He delivered the second jolt after Gray fell face-first and didn't respond to further commands to show his hands.

The jury found Torres was shielded from liability because his actions were in defense of himself or others and that he only used the amount of force reasonably necessary

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