A Dorchester man has been acquitted of manslaughter in connection with a fatal, 2016 fist fight.
Bryan McElhinney, 24, was charged with the death of 45-year-old Brian Hingston.
The initial incident occurred in mid-April. Authorities claimed that Hingston, McElhinney and others were celebrating a birthday party in the early hours of the morning when two members of the group became involved in a fist fight.
Prosecutes told the jury that McElhinney joined in on the fight while Hingston sought to intervene.
Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham alleged that McElhinney struck Hingston, knocking him to the ground and causing his head to strike the pavement, from which he later died.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury returned a not guilty verdict for McElhinney, who was accused of assault and battery and serious bodily injury as well as manslaughter in connection with Hingston's death.