The Latest: Cleaves thanks jury for ‘giving me my life back’

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              FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Mateen Cleaves walks out of the district court at Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Former Michigan State University basketball star Cleaves is standing trial on sexual assault charges in his Michigan hometown. Opening statements began Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, where Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. He's accused of assaulting a 24-year-old woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015. A district judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but a circuit court reinstated them on appeal. (Mark Felix/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File)
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Mateen Cleaves (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

Former Michigan State basketball star and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is thanking jurors for “giving me my life back” after they acquitted him on sex assault charges.

Cleaves was accused of raping a woman in a Flint-area motel room back in 2015.

The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for a little more than two hours Tuesday before delivering its verdict. Cleaves sobbed after the last of four not-guilty verdicts was read in Genesee County Circuit Court.

Outside the court, Cleaves again proclaimed his innocence, saying he has been “waiting for this moment for four years,” adding he “didn’t do anything wrong.”

Juror Michael Lambert said the verdict was swift because he and others on the panel didn’t believe Cleaves’ accuser.