DENVER - A jury has acquitted a man accused of attacking his former roommate with a hatchet.

Jason Gemkow, 34, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after Khaled Zaky of Denver said Gemkow hit him twice in the forehead with a hatchet.

A jury returned the verdict Thursday evening.

Zaky said he went to Gemkow's house near West Florida Avenue and South Mariposa Street in Denver in June 2012.

In an interview with 9NEWS, Zaky said he wanted to get a fishing pole he had left at the home when he moved out.

Zaky told police Gemkow "became upset and started to argue" with him, according to court paperwork reviewed by the 9Wants to Know investigators.

Zaky claimed Gemkow then hit him twice with a hatchet.

Gemkow had pleaded not guilty to the charge before the jury acquitted him this week.

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