2:36 PM

It took a jury a little less than three hours to come back with a guilty verdict in the capital murder trial of Lance Shockley.

Prosecutors proved to the jury that Shockley, 32, of Van Buren, gunned down Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham Jr., in the driveway of his Van Buren home on March 20, 2005, because he was investigating a fatal car crash in which Shockley was the driver.

Jurors began hearing the penalty phase of the trial at about 2:oo p.m. That's a mini-trial where jurors again get to hear from witnesses and family members of both Sgt. Graham and Lance Shockley.

The jury was released a little after 5:00 p.m. and will be back in the courtroom at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The jury was picked in Carter County, but imported to West Plains to hear the trial. They have been sequestered for the duration of the trial.
I will post what the jury recommends as soon as I get it.