Former Lipscomb police chief found not guilty

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A jury has found former Lipscomb police chief Conlin Payne not guilty of child abuse.

The jury returned the verdict at around 10:45 a.m. Friday. Conlin Payne was arrested in 2008 after being indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a child abuse charge.

Investigators said Payne was charged with abusing the son of an acquaintance in October 2007 after the child was treated at Children's Hospital for injuries that doctors said were consistent with child abuse.

Eric Guster, Payne's attorney, told FOX6 News after the verdict his client was, "relieved this case is behind him."  Guster said Payne, "can now move forward with the rest of his life."

Payne was fired as police chief of Lipscomb after the charges were filed in 2008.  Guster said he did not know if Payne would attempt to regain his position as police chief.

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