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Clarence Willoughby and his attorney Norman Pattis hi-five each other on their way out of court (Melissa Bailey photo)

A Superior Court jury Monday morning acquitted Clarence Willoughby in a case that put the New Haven police department on trial as much as the ex-detective.

The six-member jury, which began deliberating Thursday, produced its verdict at 10:14 a.m.

Willoughby, 48, faced nine charges of forgery and larceny. The state accused him of pilfering thousands of dollars intended for police informants while serving as a New Haven detective. He was found not guilty on four counts of second-degree forgery and five counts of second-degree larceny.

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