A Pottawatomie County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday afternoon for a woman on trial for second degree murder in the death of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney.
The week-long trial of Brooklyn Danielle Williams, 24, began with jury selection Monday and was held before District Judge John G. Canavan Jr.
With a courtroom gallery full of spectators, including about 30 law enforcement officers from many agencies, the jury heard instructions and final arguments Friday morning. After deliberating a little more than two hours, the jury of six men and six women returned with the guilty verdict early Friday afternoon.
The jury has recommended Williams should serve 25 years in prison, but formal sentencing has been scheduled for March 13.
Williams was accused, on or about March 26, 2017, of engaging in the felony offense of harboring a fugitive and concealing Byron James Shepard, a person she knew to be a fugitive from justice.
While she was in the commission of that felony, charges allege Shepard, 37, who was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by Williams and stopped by Officer Terney, fired a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol into the abdomen of the officer, causing mortal wounds.
During the trial, Prosecutor Pattye High told jurors that Officer Terney, at 22 years old, had been on the job as a Tecumseh police officer for just 192 days before he died.
The trial included numerous law enforcement witnesses and the jury watching videos, including the dash camera video from Terney's patrol car.
Also entered into evidence were numerous text messages exchanged between Williams and Shepard.
Larry Monard served as the defense attorney for Williams.
District 21 Cleveland County prosecutors Pattye High and Travis White represented the state for this trial with assistance from local Investigator Anthony Lee. The prosecutors were appointed to the case after former District 23 Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon recused the office from this case.
Shepard, who was shot and wounded by Terney the night of the traffic stop, recovered from his wounds and has been jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center without bond on a first-degree murder charge.
Shepard's trial is expected in November.
Williams is jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center awaited formal sentencing.
Watch for updates.