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HOUSTON Jurors have found Grammy Award-winning singer Patti LaBelle s body guard not guilty of assault.

Labelle s bodyguard Efrem Holmes faced misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly striking an intoxicated man at Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.

Richard King, a 23-year-old West Point Cadet, had a blood-alcohol level of point 2.8 -- triple the legal limit.
King admitted he had been drinking before he approached LaBelle s limousine outside Bush airport. He told a jury last Thursday that he had four drinks on the plane and another at the airport before he approached the singer s car.

He said the next thing he remembered was waking up in a hospital bed.

King was originally charged with assault before the surveillance video suggested it was LaBelle s bodyguard who was the aggressor.

Witnesses testified that King shouted racial slurs at Labelle and punched her son before the bodyguard took action.

King suffered a concussion and needed staples to close a cut on his head after the confrontation.

The jury got the case just after 12 p.m. and deliberated for nearly four hours.

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