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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lincoln County jury convicts Meeker man in wife's murder

  • Following a weeklong trial, a Meeker man was found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2011 domestic-related shooting of his wife, with the Lincoln County jury recommending he serve life in prison without parole.
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  • Following a weeklong trial, a Meeker man was found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2011 domestic-related shooting of his wife, with the Lincoln County jury recommending he serve life in prison without parole.
    Ronny Dale Hamlin, 37, stood trial in Chandler before District Judge Cynthia Ferrell-Ashwood. He was accused in the shooting death of Terri Garner, 26.
    District Attorney Richard Smothermon and assistant district attorney Pamela Hammers tried the case for the state, while Hamlin's defense attorneys were Jay Silvernail and Eva Borghei.
    The state called eight witnesses during the prosecution phase and the defendant testified as part of the defense. The jury deliberated nearly two hours before convicting Hamlin.
    Formal sentencing is now scheduled April 8 and Hamlin remains jailed at the Lincoln County jail.
    Garner, a mother of five, was shot at the couple's home in the Meeker Village Apartments, 400 Dover Circle. 

It was about 10:32 p.m. on April 12, 2011 when police responded to the shooting and a Medi Flight helicopter ambulance arrived to transport her to an Oklahoma City hospital, where she later died.
    Officials said Garner and Hamlin lived at the apartment complex with their two children, along with Garner's three other children. The five children, ages 3 months to 7 years, were there during the shooting but were not injured. Hamlin was arrested at the scene.
    The state medical examiner's office, which listed Garner's name as Terri (Garner) Hamlin, ruled her cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head and right arm.


    Police had responded to the same apartment a week before the shooting for a domestic-related incident.



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