WTRF. com Update
Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland has been found not guilty of assault on a peace officer.
The jury returned the not guilty verdict just before 5 p.m. Friday on day three of the Commissioners' trial.
Coffland took the stand in his own defense stating he never threw a bottle at a liquor agent.
Coffland asked for his trial to be moved before Election Day ,saying all along he would be found not guilty.
Day two of the Matt Coffland trial ended Thursday in Belmont County with testimony from a liquor agent.
Coffland, a Belmont County Commissioner, is charged with assault on a peace officer, stemming from an incident at Jamboree in the Hills this summer.
A liquor control agent testified he was hit in the head with an object that was thrown at him on July 20 at Jamboree in the Hills.
Agent Donald Germany, who can't be shown on camera because he does undercover work, testified that Matt Coffland and another man had been pointing at him.
He said the two men, one being Coffland, had been pointing angrily and yelling in an aggressive manner.
Then a Jamboree patron from Pennsylvania reported what she'd heard and seen.
Alicia Khourey reported that she saw Coffland point at the liquor control officers and say that he couldn't stand them, describing them with a racial slur that begins with an "N."
Then she said she saw Coffland pick up and throw a full can of beer at the liquor control agent, who is African American.
Agent Germany said it gave him a headache that lasted the whole night, and his head was sore the next day.
The spray from the liquid reportedly hit five other liquor control agents.
At one point, as other agents were arresting Coffland, he reportedly said to Agent Germany: "Who did I hit?"
Agent Germany said he answered, "You hit me." Then he said Coffland answered, 'I'm sorry."
Several months earlier, liquor control agents entered Coffland's bar in Shadyside, The Tiger Pub, resulting in three charges against Coffland.
That case is still pending.