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Police Officer Wants His Named Cleared

Last updated on Monday, August 26, 2013

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A Metro Police officer who was arrested and suspended more than five years ago has been cleared by a jury.

Now, Jason Barber wants to clear his name.

He went to jail for allegedly selling a handgun to a felon.

Barber says it has destroyed his marriage, taken a toll on his daughter, his family and affected his life in different ways.

In March 2008, Barber's confidential informant Corey Smith wore a hidden microphone while federal agents claimed he paid Barber for a handgun.

While awaiting trial, the confidential informant was found dead in his northwest Indianapolis apartment.

Foul play was not suspected, and sources had already told Eyewitness News Corey Smith recanted his story against Barber.

Now, five years after his initial arrest, a jury found Barber not guilty.

Barber is waiting to see what impact the verdict will have on the merit board, which will decide his future as a police officer.

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