Jury: Mom not involved in stun-gun attack

JAY F. MARKS Modified: June 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm •  Published: June 18, 2009
Julie Ann Bell wiped tears from her eyes today after being found not guilty of plotting an attack on one of the cheerleading sponsor at her daughter's high school.

An Oklahoma County jury deliberated for less than two hours this afternoon before clearing Bell on felony assault and conspiracy charges.

Bell, 40, embraced attorney Tommy Adler after hearing the verdicts.

Bell has maintained she had nothing to do with her friend's stun-gun attack on Putnam City North High School teacher Bethany Lorenz, a sentiment LeShawn Cathlene Fisher echoed in her testimony Wednesday.

Fisher is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

Adler had argued Bell could not be blamed for her friend's actions.

"There's no such thing as guilt by association," he said.

Prosecutors contended the two women plotted the April 18, 2008 attack together, pointing to their previous statements to Oklahoma City police.

"These are best friends," Assistant District Attorney Rob McClatchie said today in his closing argument. "They talk about everything."


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