CLOVIS (KSMX)- A Lubbock man was acquitted Wednesday on battery charges in connection to the 2017 death of his son.
The Eastern New Mexico News reported, David Plyler, 61, of Lubbock, received the acquittal following roughly a day-and-a-half trial, ending with a 31-minute answer from the Curry County jury.
According to court records, Plyler, was visiting Clovis over the New Year holiday and ended up in an altercation with his 29-year-old son, Matthew Plyler. The older Plyer had his son “in a choke hold waiting for officers to arrive. The younger Plyer died Jan. 19 at University Medical Center. Because of the younger Plyer’s history of violence and witness accounts David Plyer’s defense was simply defending himself from being beaten to death by somebody half his age.
Plyler was first indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and after an issue with the medical investigator office in Lubbock, the case was dismissed and refiled as aggravated battery causing great bodily harm or death.