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Clyde man acquitted in Newark drive-by shooting

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A Clyde man who has filed two lawsuits against Wayne County was acquitted in an alleged drive-by shooting that happened in Newark.

Richie Stokes Jr. was found not guilty on Friday by a jury on charges of attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

“I was not even there when it happened,” Stokes said in a press release sent to on Tuesday. “I was at home, and I told (police) that. An individual said I did this. I know I didn’t do it, and I have no idea why (police) took their word for it.”

Stokes has filed two federal lawsuits against the county, claiming he was arrested and prosecuted twice for driving while intoxicated; both cases were dismissed.

Those lawsuits are still active.