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Three acquitted in shooting death of Opelika teen

By JoBeth Davis

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSFA) - Three men charged with the July 2008 murder of 13-year-old Opelika teen Alonzo Robinson have been found not guilty of the crime.

Antonio McAllister, Joshua Benton and Christian Benton were all acquitted on Tuesday. It was originally believed Robinson's death was part of an ongoing gang war in Washington, D.C.

Robinson, from Opelika, AL was in the Trinidad area of D.C. visiting his great-grandmother who had recently fallen ill.

On the night of July 19, 2008 he was standing outside with a group of relatives when a gold Dodge Intrepid allegedly pulled up to the group and opened fire, killing Alonzo and wounding his mother, Marcella Robinson.

Authorities report the shooting was part of an ongoing struggle between two neighborhoods in D.C.

At that time, Robinson was an 8th-grader at Opelika Middle School. The school's principal says Alonzo was smart, funny and very much a leader.

Copyright 2011 WSFA. WTVM contributed to this report. 

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