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Hoyt Tessener not guilty of assault; Says trooper situation is "embarrasing"

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Raleigh attorney who accused two state troopers of intimidating him and his wife was in Wake County Court Thursday to face a simple assault charge he received in December. Hoyt Tessener was accused of punching a bar manager in the face after a misunderstanding over a bar tab. The judge found Tessener not guilty of the assault.

A reporter caught up with Tessener upon his departure, but he did not have much to say.

"It's an embarrassing situation," Tessener said.

Tessener has not returned our phone calls since he and his wife Gina first told their side of the story involving the two troopers who they claimed intimidated and harassed them.

In court Thursday District Judge Jane Gray heard testimony from Hoyt Tessener as well as bar manager Gregory Sunday. Each man argued that the other started the fight and threw the first punch.

In the end the judge found Tessener not guilty. She said she could not determine who started the fight back.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bev Perdue Thursday says she expects an internal investigation into Troopers Edward Wyrick and Andrew Smith to be finished Friday.

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