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Ex-deputy not guilty in dog's death

Ebony Jones was accused of leaving K-9 partner in hot car

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Friday morning saw the abrupt end to a trial that began on Monday in which a former Bexar County Sheriff's deputy was facing animal cruelty charges.

The defense attorney for Ebony Jones, Mark Stevens, asked for an instructed verdict of not guilty.

The judge granted the request and ordered the jury to return the not guilty verdict for Jones, who was accused in the 2010 death of his partner, a service dog named Duke.

The yellow Lab died of heat stroke after he was left in a hot car.

Stevens said his client did nothing intentional to cause the dog's death and that it left him devastated.

He said Jones immediately called his supervisor to report it.