A Worcester Superior Court jury Tuesday found Milford teen Patrick Powell not guilty in the stabbing death of Daniel Columbo.

A Worcester Superior Court jury Tuesday found Milford teen Patrick Powell not guilty in the stabbing death of Daniel Columbo.


After five days of deliberation, the jury of eight men and four women returned its verdict Tuesday morning. Powell's family cried and embraced while Columbo's family left the courtroom shortly after the verdict.


"I'm glad I'll be back with my family," Powell said after the verdict was read.


Powell said he plans to go back to school and better his life.


Powell, 19, was accused of stabbing Columbo during a street fight Jan. 6, 2006.


Columbo died from a single stab wound, which penetrated 4 1/2 inches into his heart and lungs, a medical examiner testified during the trial, which began May 27.


Jurors had the option of finding Powell not guilty, guilty of murder in the first or second degree, or guilty of involuntary or voluntary manslaughter.


Milford Daily News