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Jury rules deadly shooting of UToledo football player was in self-defense

Jahneil Douglas was a junior at UToledo and a Start High School grad. He was killed outside the Original Gino's Pizza restaurant in west Toledo in early July.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The man charged with murder in the death of University of Toledo football player Jahneil Douglas has been found not guilty of murder and one count of felonious assault, saying the shooter acted in self-defense. 

A Lucas County common pleas court jury handed down the decision on Michael Mitchell Jr., 24, late Friday afternoon. The jury did find Mitchell guilty of one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Credit: Lucas County jail
Mike Mitchell, 24, is charged with murder in the shooting death of UToledo Rockets football player Jahneil Douglas. Douglas was a Start High School grad, and Mitchell also played basketball for Start.

Officers found Douglas suffering from at least one gunshot wound in front of the  Original Gino's Pizza restaurant in west Toledo on July 7, 2020. He was treated at Toledo Hospital, where he died. 

Detectives say there was a fight outside the restaurant between two men when shots were fired.

Mitchell is a former Start High School basketball player. A judge set his sentencing for June 10, 2022, at 9 a.m.