Robert Tyrus has said the shooting Jordan We Morson was self-defense and now he hopes the verdict clears his name.
Tyrus said Friday that he is breathing a sigh of relief.
"I slept a little bit last night for the first time in a long time," he said.
This week Tyus was acquitted of homicide and felony firearm charges in connection with Morson's death.
In May of 2013 Tyus and Morson got into a fight at a gas station at Eight Mile and Gratiot
"He immediately started hollering and cussing and he pushed me," Tyrus said.
Morson, who was a hip-hop artist, was allegedly trying to sell Tyus some music.
But Tyrus' attorney Arnold Reed, tells a different story.
"He was bootlegging DVDs from movies illegally," Reed said. "He was illegally on the premise. His blood alcohol level was .333 which is four times the legal limit. He had marijuana in system."
The altercation escalated and Tyus drew his gun, killing Morson.
Initially, the case was dismissed at trial because the prosecution was unable to move forward.
But the case was reissued for charges of manslaughter and felony firearm last year.
In the aftermath, Tyus says he lost his job and came close to losing his home.
But Reed says he was confident his client would be acquitted because he was standing his ground.
"This is a great day to reaffirm in our great state of Michigan, you can stand your ground," Reed said. "You don't have to run away from an attacker."
But the victim's family believes Tyus could have reacted differently and was disappointed with the acquittal.
"We truly thank the jury for doing their honorable duty and serving," said Boyd Morson, the victim's uncle. "However we just don't feel they looked at the evidence in its entirety and evaluated it for what it was worth."
Tyus says that now that he is a free man, he can return to his job as a transit officer.
"I have to go back and get my 40 hours of training," he said. "Then I'll be assigned back to my regular position as a transit officer."
But Morson's family sees that freedom much differently.
"He's free in the sense that he will be able to walk about in our city," Body Morson said. "But the freedom of taking someone's life he'll have the rest of his life to deal with and contend with.