Three men who were accused of stabbing Pittsburgh Steelers player, Mike Adams, were today acquitted of the majority of charges held against them, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review is reporting.
Michael Paranay, Jerrell Whitlock, and Dquay Means were all found not guilty of the most serious charges which included aggravated assault, attempted robbery and attempted homicide (Whitlock and Means).
The incident in question took place June 1, 2013 with prosecutors in the case claiming those charged had tried to carjack the Steelers offensive lineman at 3am on the night in question while he was leaving a restaurant before stabbing the '7 " Adams in the chest twice.
The defence meanwhile claimed Adams to have been "obliterated drunk" and had begun the altercation after knocking food out of one of the plaintiffs hans. They also argued the NFL player had changed his account of the event on three separate occasions.
Jurors deliberated over the case for five hours, and were sent home on Monday evening before returning today to reach a decision.
Adams was hospitalized as he recovered from the injury, but made a recovery in time to play in 15 games for the Steelers last season.