A jury deliberated nearly 12 hours Friday before acquitting a Bethany man of murder in a fatal shooting inside a crowded Oklahoma City nightclub.
Jurors, though, did convict Kristopher Lamar Arterberry, 24, on a different charge — having a gun the night of the shooting following a previous conviction — and recommended four years in prison.
Arterberry was charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 16, 2010, shooting death of Derrek D. Shannon, 20, inside the El Dorado nightclub, 2323 N Missouri.
Arterberry also was charged with four counts of shooting with intent to kill after four people were wounded, but those charges were dismissed, court records show.
Prosecutors argued that Arterberry killed Shannon following a fistfight and then acknowledged during a recorded jail conversation that he had a gun and was justified using it.
Two witnesses testified seeing Arterberry shoot Shannon. Two other witnesses, including a bouncer, testified seeing Arterberry run out of the club with a gun following the shooting. No gun was recovered.
“Personally, I'm disappointed and concerned that a person whom I believe to be a killer will soon walk free,” Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Harmon said. “Professionally, I respect the jury's verdict and appreciate their service and lengthy deliberations.”
Arterberry, whose attorney could not be reached for comment, has a history of run-ins with police.
He spent almost a year in a juvenile treatment center in 2007 after pleading guilty to second-
Arterberry is awaiting trial in an armed robbery case, records show. He was out on bail at the time Shannon was killed.