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Jury acquits man in deadly 'Make My Day' assault

Posted at 6:51 AM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 08:51:32-04

A jury has acquitted a man charged in a fatal beating outside a Frisco motel.

The Summit Daily reports jurors deliberated for a day before finding 43-year-old Charles Sattler not guilty Thursday of manslaughter and first-degree assault in the death of 38-year-old Blake Bostic.

Investigators say the fight started in Sattler's room at the Snowshoe Motel in April 2014 after the amateur boxer, Bostic, and two other men went to the motel after a night of drinking.

Bostic died hours later from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors had argued that Sattler acted knowingly and recklessly in the attack. But the defense said he acted in self-defense and had only fought the man to defend his friend from an alleged attack by Bostic.

Sattler's murder trial ended in a mistrial in June, and the murder charge was dropped.

His family burst into tears after the verdict was read Thursday.

Bostic, who stood 6-feet 9-inches tall, was a popular chef in Summit County and was referred to by friends as a "gentle giant."

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