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Jury finds Givens not guilty of shooting

After 24 hours of trial time, 13 testimonies on the stand and five hours of deliberation on Thursday afternoon, jurors found a 30-year-old man not guilty of two charges in connection with the shooting of a prison guard.

The jury deemed William A. Givens not guilty of conspiracy to commit the first-degree murder of Rachel Dewalt, who was a correctional officer at Lawton Correctional Facility, on Sept. 28, 2016. He was accused of plotting her murder with his ex-fiancÈ , Jana M. Givens, 35, of Lawton, and his fellow Hoover Crip member, Michael E. Ishman, 32, of Tulsa.

The jury also found William Givens not guilty of shooting with intent to kill jointly being liable as co-conspirator and/or deliberate intent to aiding and abetting.

However, jurors reached a verdict of guilty on the third and final count, conspiracy to commit bringing contraband, including tobacco, marijuana and methamphetamine, into Lawton Correctional Facility. 

Comanche County District Judge Emmit Tayloe handed down the sentence recommended by the jury for the third count: 12 years with the Department of Corrections.

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