LeForce

The first phase of the trial with Nathan LeForce is in the books. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for a little over two hours before advising the judge of a verdict. The jury returned guilty verdicts on all three charges:  Murder in the First Degree-Malice Aforethought, Larceny of Motor Vehicle, AFCF (After Former Conviction of a Felony) and Armed Robbery in the First Degree, AFCF.

The jury only sent one note to the judge after approximately 40 minutes of deliberation. The courtroom was cleared for about 33 minutes as the jury and the lawyers met with the jury.

The case now goes to phase two were both sides will give mitigating evidence to the jury. The state wants the death penalty and the defense will ty to get life in prison for LeForce. Once all the phase two evidence is presented the jury will then deliberate on a sentence for all three felonies.

The case wrapped up quickly with the defense putting an addiction specialist on the stand late Monday and the Payne County psychologist Tuesday morning to close out their presentation. Judge Phillip Corley then recessed the court until 1 p.m. to finalize jury instructions.

Once back in court, Judge Corley took about 30-minutes to read the jury instructions before the prosecutors and the defense team presented their closing arguments. The case went to the jury at 2:51 p.m.

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