Lawton man convicted of manslaughter in 2012 death

LAWTON — A jury in Comanche County deliberated 90 minutes before convicting a man of first-degree manslaughter in last year's shooting death of a Lawton man.

Oklahoman Published: June 5, 2013
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LAWTON — A jury in Comanche County deliberated 90 minutes before convicting a man of first-degree manslaughter in last year's shooting death of a Lawton man.

On Tuesday, the jury convicted 34-year-old Philip Tucker in the death of John Carder. A local newspaper reports that the panel recommended a 10-year prison sentence for Tucker.

Authorities say Tucker fired 13 shots at Carder, who died after he was struck by three of the bullets.

Tucker's attorney argued that Carder fired the first shot at Tucker while Tucker was mowing his lawn. Tucker says he was acting in self-defense, but prosecutors say he used excessive force and continued to fire at Carder as Carder ran away.

A formal sentencing is set for July 25.


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