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Jury deadlocks in Lawton police shooting trial

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 12, 2014

LAWTON— A Comanche County judge has declared a mistrial for a man charged in a shootout that wounded a Lawton Police Department sergeant.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys both said Jamal Johnson wasn’t the gunman in the shooting that wounded Sgt. Eric Weatherly last year. But prosecutors argued that Johnson was engaging in a criminal conspiracy — in this case, burglary — that led to the shootout.

According to a local newspaper, the jury deliberated about six hours Wednesday before telling Comanche County District Judge Gerald Neuwirth they’d deadlocked on two counts of shooting with intent to kill. But the jury did convict Johnson of conspiracy to commit burglary and recommended a life sentence.

Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to retry Johnson on the shooting with intent to kill charge has disabled the comments for this article.