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Jury begins deliberation in the Johnson trial

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LAWTON, Okla._It is now up to a jury to decide the fate of a Lawton man charged in connection to a 2013 shooting that injured a Lawton police officer.

After a day and a half of testimony, jurors were handed the case in the trial of Jamal Johnson, just before 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. Johnson has been charged with shooting with intent to kill among along with a handful of other charges.

Prosecutors say Johnson and a friend were looking for houses to break into back in 2013 when they were surprised by an officer. Johnson's friend allegedly pulled the trigger, but Johnson was also charged since he was also part of the attempted burglary.

The state went over the law that makes an individual responsible of any additional criminal actions committed by a co-conspirator if the person is a willing participant in the original crime. The defense argued the crime was over, and that Johnson had no clue a shooting was going to happen and shouldn't be held responsible for anyone's actions but his own.

During jury instructions, Judge Gerald Neuwirth went over the three elements of shooting with intent to kill, the biggest of which is the shooting of a firearm. So in closing arguments State Prosecutor Mark Stoneman started right off with what he knows would be debated heavily in the jury room, Jamal Johnson never shot a gun.

Stoneman referred to another portion of jury instructions which says when doing an unlawful act, you are responsible for all acts done by any co-conspirators during the crime and in connection of the crime. Connection with the crime was Stoneman's next point. Just because the two never broke into a house didn't mean the crime was over, and when he sprinted off that was a connection of trying to get away from their crime they had planned.

The defense tried arguing that point as well. Johnson's attorney said the crime was over because they were walking away to their car and were done with committing any crime together. Meaning the plan was over and Miller shooting Weatherly was his own action. The defense also stated this is a trial against Miller, all the evidence is connected on Miller and they shouldn't use his possible guilt to find Johnson guilty.

If found Johnson is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life. Johnson has committed two felonies before this incident so his minimum sentencing would be 20 years.

The trial for Demetrius Miller, the suspected trigger man, is expected to start Thursday with jury selection.

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