Cop shooting trial ends with partial verdict
After nearly six hours of deliberation, a Comanche County jury was unable to decide whether Jamal Johnson could be held responsible for the actions of another man yet to be tried for trying to kill two Lawton Police Department officers last year, but they did recommend Johnson spend life in prison for conspiracy to commit burglary.
Comanche County District Court Judge Gerald Neuwirth read an Allen Charge to jurors when shortly before 6 p.m. he announced the 12 men and women were stuck at 11 to 1 trying to reach a verdict on two counts of shooting with intent to kill filed in relation to a Feb. 27, 2013, shootout that landed LPD Sgt. Eric Weatherly as well as the man who allegedly shot him, Demetrius Miller, in the hospital.
At 7:45 p.m., the jurors came back and informed Neuwirth they did not believe they could reach a conclusion after further deliberation, but they had found Johnson guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, two firearm charges after felony conviction and escape from detention. A formal sentencing date has been scheduled for Aug. 8, but jurors recommended sentences of life, 18 years, 15 years and 6 years, respectively.
Johnson, 23, could be tried again for the shooting offenses, but county prosecutors have not yet announced whether they plan to seek another trial.
The state alleges Miller also tried to kill LPD Sgt. Craig Lyman by firing into the front of his patrol car as he approached the site where Weatherly was wounded, located at Northwest 27th Street and Atlanta Avenue.